London, Feb 5 (ANI): UK Police has uncovered a terrifying plot by al Qaeda to murder Britsh Members of Parliament.
Police were last night urgently probing the plan, hatched on a website used by terrorists and their supporters. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was informed amid calls for extra protection for all 646 MPs.
Security sources said the threat could require measures not seen since the height of the IRA attacks, the Daily Star reported.
The plot was found on a password-protected Internet message board on a site, which has carried an interview with Osama bin Laden's No.2 Ayman al Zawahiri.
A user named Paganslayer asks what the mood is for another round of deadly attacks on the continent. There follows a warped discussion about the 7/7 London bombings, which killed 52 innocent people.
Using the Arabic word "kuffar", meaning "non-believers", a user called Resistance writes: "What does it benefit a Muslim to have four Muslim lives lost ... for only 100 kuffar? I think that's horrible odds."
Resistance adds: "Now, wouldn't it have been better to not target a train unless that train had parliament members riding it?"
Paganslayer replies it would take "a miracle" to attack the Houses of Parliament but Resistance tells him: "I didn't mention the Parliament House. I said its 'members'."
Paganslayer then writes in Arabic "may Allah reward you", to thank Resistance for the suggestion.
Police were last night investigating and security sources said the threat could affect MPs anywhere away from Parliament, not just on trains., the paper reported. (ANI)