Terrorist arrested after asking Twitter followers where to plant bombs

A would-be terrorist has been arrested in the United Kingdom after asking his Twitter followers for advice on where he should detonate bombs in London.

London Underground

The London Underground was a considered target

Once again, the UK security services have foiled a terrorist plot without resorting to mass surveillance or the breaking of encryption, this time it was common-as-muck stupidity.

While we’ve seen terrorists happily (and sometimes not very happily) write blogs about their experiences, it’s rare that the terrorists reach out to would-be victims to ask their advice on what to blow up next.

The would-be bomber and his wife were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Old Bailey after plotting to carry out an explosion in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2005 suicide attacks.

A report by The Guardian explains the case: “Mohammed Rehman, 25, who secretly wed Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, intended to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 atrocities with blasts that would have inflicted mass casualties in either Westfield shopping centre, west London, or the London Underground.”

Rehman was arrested by security services after using his Twitter account called “Silent bomber” (@InService2God, now shut down) to ask advice on which target he should choose for the attack, saying: “Westfield shopping centre or London Underground?”. With inexplicably no effort to cover his tracks, on the same day Rehman searched online for bomb making instructions, equipment and watched YouTube videos of the London bombs and Shehzad Tanweer (one of the 7/7 bombers).

With Rehman’s complete incompetence and apparent lack of understanding in modern technology, there are some doubts as to whether he would have successfully been able to make an explosive device at all.