Al-Qaeda’s Eton & Ritz bomb plot

ETON College and The Ritz hotel are on a hit-list of bomb targets drawn up by a ruthless al-Qaeda commander, The Sun can reveal.

The plot details were found on the body of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the terror group’s chief in East Africa, after he was shot dead.

Security chiefs held a top-level summit with Government ministers and anti-terror police yesterday after the discovery of the al-Qaeda plot.

US security services have also been informed, and are understood to have put out a “sector warning” to alert major hotel chains to the threat.

Target ... Eton College

Target … Eton College

Both British and US security chiefs ordered further investigations.

Bloodthirsty Mohammed, 38 – the mastermind behind two US embassy blasts in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 people 12 years ago – was shot in war-torn Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

His list underlines the continued threat from al-Qaeda despite Osama Bin Laden’s death.

An intelligence source confirmed: “Eton and the Ritz were on a list of what are assumed to be potential UK targets.

“There was no indication that an attack was looming – but given his track record, questions have to be asked about why such a list should be in his possession. I understand that the school has been spoken to.”

Eton College is one of the world’s most prestigious schools. Old boys include PM David Cameron as well as Princes William and Harry.

The Ritz, in central London, is one of the world’s best-known hotels.

Target ... London's Ritz hotel

Target … London’s Ritz hotel

Terrorism expert Chris Dobson said: “A successful attack on Eton and the Ritz would represent a strike at the heart of the British establishment.”

The heads of MI5 and MI6 have both issued public warnings about the threat to Britain from Somali-based terrorists.

MI5 Director-General Jonathan Evans said renegade Brits were known to be receiving terrorist training in Somali camps.

He added: “Somalia shows many of the characteristics that made Afghanistan so dangerous as a seedbed for terrorism.”

Meanwhile, al-Qaeda has selected its long-time number two to succeed Osama bin Laden following last month’s US commando raid that killed the terror leader.

According to a statement put out on an al-Qaeda-linked website, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who will be 60 next week, is to replace bin Laden. He warned America in a video released earlier this month that it faces an international community of Muslims who aim to destroy the US and its allies.

A MAN of 25 was last night charged with four counts of possessing information likely to help terrorists. Asim Kauser, from Bolton, is due in court in London today.

Source : The Sun