fertilizer bomb plot

How police and MI5 foiled 'Britain's 9/11'

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1725539.ece

From Times Online

April 30, 2007

How police and MI5 foiled 'Britain's 9/11'
The fertiliser bomb plot to blow up Bluewater shopping centre, the Ministry of Sound nightclub and utilities, which ended in the conviction of five men

Nicola Woolcock of The Times

John Stone, a salesman at Bodle Brothers agricultural merchants, was bemused by the bizarre request. The flashy young man who had arrived in a customised Audi, rap music blaring, had asked for 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser for his allotment.

It was winter, thought Mr Stone, and the order was enough to cover five football pitches. “What do you want all that for?” he asked sarcastically. “Are you planning a bomb attack?”

Unwittingly, he had hit on the truth. The fertiliser was to be used by a terrorist cell of mainly British-born Muslim men to build a huge bomb. The group had discussed attacking the Ministry of Sound nightclub, Bluewater shopping centre, a train, a pub and a list of synagogues.

Anthony Garcia was chosen to buy the fertiliser because he had paler skin than the others.