Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Top cop's terror warning

A TOP counter terrorism cop has warned a Manchester conference `the aim of the game now is mass murder'. Chief Supt Tony Porter, head of the GMP-based Counter Terrorism Unit, painted a bleak picture of the threat from Muslim extremists when he addressed business leaders at a security conference.
But he also spoke of his `optimism for the future' and his desire to make the region `the most hostile environment you can imagine' for terrorists.
He warned delegates at the start of his speech he would outline `the scary bits' of the terror threat. "Al-Qaida have re-written the manual of attack," he said, explaining that the historic threat from the IRA was `somewhat easier to manage' because its targets were focused, warnings were issued before bombings and Republicans wanted to escape alive afterwards.
"They didn't want to commit suicide. The aim of the game now is mass murder," he said. The current threat level is graded as `severe', which means an attack is `highly likely'.
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