|Big Ben was a potential target in a recently uncovered Christmas terror plot|
Plot: Christmas Bombing Campaign in London -Caroline Gammell
Nine alleged terrorists of Bangladeshi origin were charged with plotting a Christmas bombing campaign in London, targeting sites that included the Stock Exchange, Big Ben, the Mayor's Office, and the U.S. Embassy.
Police searches uncovered two issues of the al-Qaeda extremist magazine Inspire. An article in one issue was entitled "How to make a pipe bomb in the kitchen of your mom," while another included "What to expect in jihad." Other extremist material found was entitled "39 Ways," which said it was intended to help people "serve and participate in jihad."