They may import a tactic already used in Iraq and Israel, according to a report by MI5’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre to chief constables.
In a statement to The Sunday Times, the Association of Chief Police Officers also warned of the risk of such an attack. It said ministers must legislate to stop the sale of such vehicles.
NOTE... the photo above was taken at a Tampa Fl used car lot near the Port of Tampa last October 2007, the used ambulance was being readied for shipment out of the USA to Dubai and possibly into Iraq, the used car lot is run by Iraqi refugees that has been under surveillance by the FBI....I (BILL WARNER) have written extensively on the subject of vehicles being sent out of the Port of Tampa in support of terrorism, this story in the Sunday Times just re-affirms what I have been saying, see additional info here http://wwwwbipicomlink.blogspot.com/2008/05/confessions-of-federal-confidential.html
Its move has been backed by Lord Carlile of Berriew, the government’s terrorism watchdog. He said he feared terrorists could exploit a loophole which did not allow police sufficient powers to stop and search the drivers of suspicious vehicles. Every year dozens of police cars, ambulances and fire engines are sold. Some are fully marked and can be bought for as little as £1,500.
Counter-terrorism officials at the Home Office have now written to eBay, the internet auctioneer, asking it to stop selling emergency service vehicles, equipment and uniforms. However, eBay has said it will only self-regulate if a new law is passed.
The MI5 report highlights recent attacks by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Israel. It points to one in February in which a suicide bomber drove a stolen ambulance packed with explosives into an Iraqi police station.
The report says terrorists have been using ambulances to transport bombs in Israel since at least 2002. It cites a report by the Israeli Defence Forces that Palestinian terrorists have used ambulances to ferry recruits and equipment around the West Bank.
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