Eight suspects have been arrested by British authorities in a series of pre-dawn raids. The men were allegedly part of a terror kidnapping plot. Sky news is reporting (authorities are NOT confirming this at the moment) that the men intended to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and behead him, capturing the festivities on video for internet jihadi snuff porn.
BIRMINGHAM, England – Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said, while a broadcaster reported the suspects wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him. Police would not comment on Sky News reports about that, or about a plan to post the beheading on the Internet. Counterterrorism officials — speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation — said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.
The potential victim was in protective police custody, Sky reported, saying the kidnapping was going to be an "-style" execution.
Birmingham has been the site of several recent terrorism sweeps, including summer raids that unveiled an alleged plot by several British suspects to use liquid explosives to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic flights.
It is also the hometown of Britain's first Muslim soldier to be killed inlast year — a death that prompted militant Islamist Web sites to denounce Cpl. Jabron Hashmi, 24, as a traitor. One site — that of extremist British sect al-Ghurabaa — posted an image of the soldier surrounded by flames.
There are 330 Muslim personnel serving in the British armed forces, according to the Defense Ministry, which would not comment on reports that the intended victim was a Muslim soldier.
Dozens of non-Iraqis have been kidnapped in Iraq, where captors have often broadcast video on the Internet.
One of the highest-profile kidnappings and murders was that of 62-year-old Kenneth Bigley from Liverpool. He was kidnapped from a Baghdad suburb in September 2004 and beheaded three weeks later, with his death captured on video.
Britain is reaching a crisis over the large number of islamists preaching hate inside their country. Hell, Western civilization is reaching a crisis point. That seventh century barbarism is even thought about in the West shows how far things have deteriorated. Herouxville may well be ahead of the curve in dealing with this problem.
UPDATE: The Sun reports a ninth arrest.