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Suspected al-Qaeda terrorist arrested outside the British Embassy in Romania wielding a sword
British Embassy staff in Romania were targeted by a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist brandishing a sword.

The Iraqi, named as Karim Friad, was pounced on by police as he brandished the nine-inch blade near the building's gates in the capital, Bucharest.
Not likely to be al-Qaeda's smartest terrorist, is Karim...
Romania's SRI intelligence service are understood to have had the suspect under surveillance for days after he entered the country, according to The Sun.

Sources told the paper his mission was to kill British or American officials.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the incident to MailOnline, saying: 'We can confirm an individual was detained by the Romanian intelligence service.

'This matter is now for the SRI. We would like to thank the Romanian authorities for their help.'

The man was watched earlier near the US embassy in Bucharest but appears to have been put off by the layers of security round the complex.
Unlike in Benghazi...
He headed for the less secure British compound yesterday morning but was arrested by undercover SRI agents the moment he posed a threat to staff.
Posted by:tipper

#7  En garde!
Posted by: tu3031   2012-12-17 22:26  

#6  An 'Arkansas Toothpick' was a bit longer (12" to 19".

It still wasn't classified a 'sword', only a dagger.
Posted by: Mullah Richard   2012-12-17 17:39  

#5  Sounds like my letter opener. If he's being an ass, sure, but sword? A-team writing for other projects then?
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-12-17 12:18  

#4  Nine-inch sword - my great aunt has one of those, her brother brought it back from the war as a keepsake. I think they're called kaiken? It's a lady's toy, small enough to be stuck in the back of an obi - even wakazashi are longer.
Posted by: Mitch H.   2012-12-17 11:02  

#3  There can be only one...
Posted by: Raj   2012-12-17 10:23  

#2  nine inch is to sword as BB is to .45 Colt...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2012-12-17 08:17  

#1  Hopefully this fellow's sword will find the proper alimentary canal storage site.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-12-17 07:40