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Here is more news about the terror plot that was disrupted by British intelligence officials:

The terrorists were planning a dry run so to speak in two days:

The terrorist attack foiled by British authorities on Thursday was aimed at blowing up as many as 10 airplanes on trans-Atlantic flights, and plotters hoped to stage a dry run within two days, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The actual attack would have followed within days.

One official said the suicide attackers planned to use a peroxide- based solution that could ignite when sparked by a camera flash or another electronic device.

The test run was designed to see whether the plotters would be able to smuggle the needed materials aboard the planes, these officials said. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject matter.

According to The Blotter, the terrorists were going to transport the explosive gel in a British sports drink container:

The suspected terror plotters arrested in Britain had planned to conceal their liquid or gel explosives inside a modified sports beverage drink container and trigger the device with the flash from a disposable camera.

ABC News has learned exclusively that the plotters planned to leave the top of the bottle sealed and filled with the original beverage but add a false bottom, filled with a liquid or gel explosive. The terrorists planned to dye the explosive mixture red to match the sports drink sealed in the top half of the container.

This, they thought, would ensure that they would be able to pass through security — even if they were asked to unseal and drink the beverage.

The flash in a disposable camera has enough electrical power, they apparently believed, to set off the homemade explosive.

For some good news, the stock market shrugged at today’s terror news. The Dow was up 48 and the Nasdaq ended up 11. And the price of oil dropped.

Update: From The Blotter again, three of the terrorists were identified:

Rashid Rauf

Mohammed al-Ghandra
Ahmed al Khan

Update II: Fox News has learned that this plot was thwarted because an undercover British agent infiltrated the terror group.

Update III: According to Time, the US overheard the terrorists’ chatter and shared it with the UK intelligence officials.

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