MI5 agent tells how plot to blow up the Arndale Centre was foiled because of intercepted email from Cheetham Hill web cafe
A former MI5 agent has described how he helped the secret services foil a plot to kill thousands of people by blowing up Manchester’s Arndale Centre.
Tom Marcus detailed the huge unseen effort to find and then follow members of a terror cell preparing for an Al Qaeda ‘spectacular’, which included attacks in New York and Manchester.
Terrorists had planned to detonate a huge car bomb outside the Arndale Centre over the busy Easter weekend of April, 2009, while suicide bombers were waiting to blow themselves, along with any evacuees in St Ann’s Square.
But government spying station GCHQ... read more
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