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Je suis beau et intelligent. À part cela, je suis juriste helvète, libéral-conservateur, amateur d'armes, passionné d'histoire et de politique. Je suis libéral et capitaliste convaincu car je pense que c'est cela l'état naturel de l'homme. Je parle le "Schwiizerdütsch" avec un accent zurichois, j'adore la bonne musique, la bière et surtout la femme avec qui je vis.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Plot to down El Al jet in Geneva foiled

It seems that some terrorists wanted to shoot down an Airplane of the Israeli company El Al in Geneva. The plot was uncovered in December.

Via the Jerusalem Post:
Plot to down El Al jet in Geneva foiled Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 19, 2006

A terrorist plot to blow up an El Al jet at Geneva airport with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) in December was uncovered by the Swiss and French intelligence agencies, details released for publication on Friday revealed.

The Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported that a secret agent working undercover amongst an Islamic terror cell in the city discovered the plan after three immigrants of Arabic origin boasted of their attempts to smuggle weapons from Russia with the ultimate goal of shooting down an Israeli plane at the airport.

When the matter was reported to Israeli security, El Al changed the flight paths of all its Geneva-bound planes, landing them at Zurich Airport the following week.

Swiss officials reported that no arrests were made following the discovery since the plan had yet to reach its final operational stages.

El Al has reportedly installed the Flight Guard Self Protection System at a cost of one million dollars per plane on some of its fleet, and plans to install it in all its jets in the future.

However, the system, which is capable of detecting an approaching missile, would be largely useless against an 'unguided' weapon such as the RPG, which is not radar-guided and does not expel enough heat to be tracked.
This is an RPG (rocket propelled grenade):

I really wonder where the terrorists came from.

UPDATE I (23.05.2006, 09:35): According to the Swiss newspaper NZZ, the Office of the Prosecutor of the Swiss Confederation has made several arrests of alleged islamist terrorists. They are said to belong to the Algerian Salafist Group GSPC linked to Al-Quaeda. It is unclear though whether those arrests are linked to the plot in Geneva. The finding of the RPG is also not confirmed. I must add for non-Swiss that in the past the Federal Prosecutor has had several mishaps and that it is therefore under heavy pressure. Most of the fight against crime is however carried out by the Cantons (the Swiss "States").

UPDATE II (23.05.2006, 14:05): For those reading French, Ludovic has more on it.

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