Terrorist attack in the Channel Tunnel 9/11/08?
On the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a terrible fire began ‘accidentally’ in the 30-mile long Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. The fire raged for many hours, apparently destroying 6 carriages and a locomotive, with temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius. About 6 people were harmed by smoke inhalation, otherwise the escape procedures in the tunnel went well. However, the blaze took 300 firefighters to put out, working short shifts due to the intensity of the heat wihtin the tunnel.
No one knows the cause of the blaze. Yet it has been firmly described as ‘accidental’. But, how do they know for sure that it was accidental?
The Channel Tunnel is surely an obvious target for a terrorist attack, and it is surely possible that the fire was the by-product of an unsuccessful attempt at an explosive detonation. Such a scenario would be frightening indeed, at any time of the year. But the date of this event should send a shiver down all of our bones, if it turns out that foul play was involved.
Personally,I have been through the tunnel several times, including twice in August of this year. It is a fantastic way to cross the English Channel into France. But it is also quite evident how vulnerable you are when deeply plunged into this long tunnel. I wonder if the possibility of foul play is being deliberately played down by Eurotunnel and the government, along with the connection with the anniversary date of this event. We shall no doubt find out before long…