‘An alleged plot to kidnap and murder a British Muslim soldier in a ‘Ken Bigley-style’ execution was foiled by security forces in Birmingham today.
Eight people were arrested during a series of pre-dawn raids in the city as part of a major nationwide anti-terror investigation.
Sources said it marked a “new departure” for terrorism in the UK and that a major “close quarters” terror strike had been thwarted. [..]
The intended hostage – said to be a young Muslim soldier in the British army who had served in Afghanistan – would have been filmed, made to plead for his life and ultimately executed, sources alleged.’