Leaving Islam



Terrorists’ fascination with world’s transport system

 A.H. Jaffor Ullah  


In the last four years or so, al-Qaeda, the brainchild of Saudi renegade Osama bin Laden launched three successful attacks against three western nations namely, America , Spain , and Great Britain .  In all three cases, the victim nation’s transport system was used to launch the attack.  

Take the case of September 11, 2001, attack.  In the early morning hours, four passenger jetliners were hijacked by four groups of Arab terrorists, mostly comprising of Saudi and other Middle Eastern Arab speaking terrorists belonging to al-Qaeda.  The terrorists then commandeered four planes; two groups went for the financial district located in the southern part of Manhattan borough, one group headed toward Pentagon Building while the last group made a u-turn abruptly in rural Ohio to head back for Washington DC to demolish an important federal building but the plane fell to the ground under some bizarre circumstances.   

In Madrid bombing on March 11, 2004, right before Spaniards were heading for polls, terrorists struck a commuter train near Madrid blasting a few compartments and killing 191 innocent passengers.   

This time around, on July 7, 2005, the terrorists most likely belonging to al-Qaeda faction struck London’s public transport system in the morning rush hour detonating three subway trains or tube stations and one above ground double-decker bus killing over 50 passengers and injuring more than 700 people.  Now the British investigators are saying that all three “tube” trains in 7-7 attacks were blasted within seconds.  That means these were coordinated blasts, a work of real professional bunch of terrorists.  

Here is the comparison between 9-11 and 7-7 attacks.  I used data from an Associated Press news article published in the wake of 7-7 attacks in London .    

The AP article drew the timelines for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington , and Thursday’s (7-7-05) bombings in London .  Times listed are local; London is five hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.  

Sept. 11, 2001  

8:46 a.m. — Flight 11 hits the World Trade Center 's north tower.  

9:03 a.m. — Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center .  

9:37 a.m. — Flight 77 hits the Pentagon.  

10:03 a.m. — United 93 crashes in Pennsylvania , 125 miles from Washington .  

July 7, 2005  

8:51 a.m. — London Underground train explodes 100 yards into a tunnel near the financial district.  

8:56 a.m. — Explosion near the King's Cross station in north London .  

9:17 a.m. — Explosion near Edgware Road station.  

9:47 a.m. — Double-decker bus explodes near Tavistock Square .


The above information came from report published by mid-day July 7, 2005.  However, the British investigators are now saying that all three explosions in the underground took place within seconds.  It is mere a coincidence that both in America and in England 4 targets was selected by the terrorists.  Why did they choose four targets?  It is a mystery only they could solve.  Perhaps it could be due to logistics.  Osama bin Laden’s organization, al-Qaeda, is big on publicity.  To reap a maximum publicity al-Qaeda likes to blast multiple sites, simultaneously.  This is their hallmark.   

Osama’s terror organization has shown to the world that it likes to attack or make use of transport system.  Because of the complex and dynamic nature of modern days transport system, Osama’s jihadi brigade found the system very vulnerable.  They took advantage of air transport system in America , above ground railway system in Madrid , Spain , and finally the British underground railway system.  It is no brainier; anyone with an evil intent could blast a bomb.  Osama’s jihadi brigade members are hell-bent on bringing chaos in the western world.  And they found security lapse in the public transport system in the West.  


page 1 | page 2





Articles Op-ed Authors Debates Leaving Islam FAQ
Comments Library Gallery Video Clips Books Sina's Challenge

  ©  copyright You may translate and publish the articles posted in this site ONLY if you provide a link to the original page and if it is not for financial gain.