Report: Al Qaeda Plans to Bomb London Flights

Published January 07, 2004

| NYPost.com

Police in England and Europe are seeking Al Qaeda (search) terrorists planning to bomb trans-Atlantic jets departing Paris (search) and London (search), security sources said yesterday.

Two Al Qaeda terrorists with American passports and non-Arab physical appearances are believed to be planning assaults on trans-Atlantic flights from London, a U.S. official told The Post.

It's possible that attacks on planes leaving London could be made with shoe bombs, similar to the attack attempted by Richard Reid (search) in December 2001, a British newspaper reported over the weekend.

In France, officials are seeking a man with a bomb whose parts are small enough to get past airport security, ABC News reported. The Afghanistan-trained bomber was booked to fly from Paris to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, but didn't show at the airport when his Air France flight was canceled, officials said.

Now French authorities are kicking themselves for canceling the flight too soon - and they're afraid that terrorists plan to detonate his bomb on another flight from elsewhere in Europe, the report said.

Five other Air France flights between Paris and the United States were also canceled Christmas Eve.

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