Incident Summary:

06/30/2007: Two men, reportedly linked to Al-Qaida in Iraq, rammed a flaming Jeep Cherokee filled with canisters of gasoline into Glasgow Airport in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday. The two men--Bilal Abdulla and Kafeel Ahmed--were apprehended in the attack. Abdulla was a legal medical doctor while Ahmed was an aeronautical engineer. Ahmed died on August 2, 2007 from burns he received in the attack. A police officer and a civilian were also wounded in the attack. No claim of responsibility was reported.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Glasgow Airport
Specific Description Glasgow Airport
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description International airport travellers
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information If the conflict in Iraq significantly subsides, an exodus of jihadists is probable. They would likely take with them not only a fully militarized anti-Western ideology but an increasingly sophisticated understanding of explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). US Director of National Intelligence, J. Michael McConnell, has addressed this possibility, noting that he is “increasingly concerned that as we inflict significant damage on al-Qa’ida in Iraq, it may shift resources to mounting more attacks outside of Iraq.” Such eventualities have already begun to transpire: the June 2007 London and Glasgow car-bomb attacks had alleged links to al-Qaida in Iraq and utilized a “technique previously employed in Iraq.”
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Annual Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, February 5, 2008
"Blazing jeep rams into Glasgow Airport; 2 suspects arrested," June 30, 2007"
"British Inquiry of Failed Plots Points to Iraq's Qaeda Group," New York Times, December 14, 2007."