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Police risked offending delicate religious sensitivities by raiding the Finsbury Park mosque, but their actions were justified by the mini-arsenal of weapons, terrorist paraphernalia and forged passports they found inside.
Operation Mermant, which began in the early hours of January 20, 2003, involved scores of officers in body armour using battering rams to enter the building.
Full details of what they discovered during three days of searches can only be revealed today, following the conclusion of Abu Hamza’s trial on race hate charges. The cleric was found guilty on 11 of 15 charges, including six counts of soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred.
The cache of equipment included chemical warfare protection suits, or NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) suits, as they are technically known. They were found together with three blank-firing pistols, a stun gun and CS spray. Officers also found a gas mask, handcuffs, hunting knives and a walkie talkie.
Originally posted by SportyMB
Skippy, you know there's always an explanation.
You see....the cartoons were a DIRECT attack on the prophet mo-ham-id himself. And that rated such actions, protest, boycots, violence, threats, etc... And desecrating a mosque by storing weapons and illegal documanets is ok...as long as it's done by a muslim, not a westerner.
Come on man, you should know this by know
Originally posted by Strangerous
If MI5/SB were to search every synagogue in the UK are you sure they wouldn't find similar items
Originally posted by Djarums
If someone wants to store weapons (be it legal or not) in their house, that's a personal choice and decision, but in a house of worship? I just don't get it.