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Security services play down 'terror plot'
Claims that the security
services foiled a plot by terrorists to fly an aircraft into Canary Wharf,
London's tallest building, were played down last night by senior Whitehall
Anti-terrorist sources said they were unaware of any plot to attack the tower, though for some time they have had it on their list as an obvious "iconic target".
"The assertion is surprising", said one well-placed official, referring to claims on ITV and in the Daily Mail newspaper.
The reports also named Heathrow airport as a target. Unlike Canary Wharf, the airport was mentioned in computers seized by Pakistani authorities in early August.
Plans of Heathrow, and targets in the United States, indicated a serious intention on the part of al-Qaida sympathisers, but were placed on the computers by suspected terrorists some years ago, official sources say.
The security and intelligence services have foiled plots and gathered evidence of plans to attack British targets, as David Blunkett, the home secretary, has repeatedly suggested in recent speeches.
They will be revealed, he has suggested, in forthcoming trials.
But the security agencies have indicated that terrorists have aimed at softer targets, such as basic services including water and electricity.
Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, recently warned businesses of the possibility of terrorist attacks in a rare public speech when she addressed the annual conference of the CBI.
Ever since the September 11 2001 attacks on the US,
the security services have assumed that al-Qaida sympathisers would want
to attack such obvious targets as Heathrow, Canary Wharf, and the Houses
Following arrests this summer, anti-terrorist officials believe the UK has gone beyond a logistic and communications base for groups sympathetic to al-Qaida and Islamist extremist terrorism.
They now believe such groups have the will to plan domestic attacks.