The Trouble with The Troubles
Real IRA's Plot To Blow Up London: Wave Of Atrocities Foiled By MI5 Operation That Snared Terrorists' Weapons Buyer
- Michael Campbell, 39, caught on tape plotting 'terror day-trip to London'* Police praise the bravery of undercover MI5 agents after four-year operation
- 'You can imagine us getting over to England... you imagine, with a six-hour timer, we could be over to London and back. Just tick, tick, tick, tick... gone'
- Republican sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Lithuanian judge
- Paid just £5,200 for arsenal of high-grade explosives, grenade launchers, detonators, AK-47s and a special assassin's rifle
Dissidents belonging to the Real IRA wanted to attack targets, including police and soldiers, in London and elsewhere with rucksack bombs, grenades and a long-distance sniper rifle.
But the plan was foiled when the terrorist sent to buy the weapons was trapped in an elaborate MI5 sting involving a British cigarette smuggler turned undercover agent.
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