Asian killed in London ‘teenage girl gang’ blastMay 10th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by admin
London, May 10 (IANS) An innocent Asian man was killed after a powerful blast blew up three houses in a London suburb that police said could have been set off by a teenage girl gang looking for revenge. The target of the attack, a 17-year-old girl, was in intensive care with severe burns but her Asian neighbour in the northwest London suburb of Harrow died after a gang of girls aged 16 to 17 poured a purple liquid through the letterbox of the targeted house.
The explosion occurred Wednesday but details have started emerging only now. Police Friday named the innocent victim as Emad Qureshi, a 26-year-old Pakistani man who lived with his parents next door.
Local media quoted British police as saying they were investigating whether the liquid was a type of explosive researched on the Internet or a petrol bomb.
“The methods for making these liquid explosives are all over the Internet. We have seen with recent terrorism trials that there are plenty of things on the web, but it would obviously be a disturbing development if a girl gang has decided to settle a dispute in such dramatic and tragic way,” the Daily Telegraph quoted a police source as saying.
“It could also be that a volatile liquid - such as meths or petrol - was poured through the letter box and in the course of the Wednesday, a hot day, it vapourised and exploded.”
Although Harrow is home to a large number of Asians, racism has not been mentioned as a motive.
The intended target of the attack, who has been identified as Charlotte, was pulled from the rubble of her house by neighbours.
Hours before the explosion, she had telephoned police in panic reporting a group of teenage girls had turned up at her house and poured some purple liquid into the letter box but later called again to say the girls had left.
Police are pursuing an inquiry-line of a feud between the girls.
A police spokesman said: “There is no link to any terrorist organisation or acts here. A strong line of inquiry for us at the moment is the dispute, this call at the address and of course the substance put through the letter box.”
Detectives think the girls may have returned and left an improvised device.
At least 40 people were placed in temporary hotel accommodation.