Central London was lit up like a fireworks display last night as Al-Qaeda members launched an audacious New Year's Day attack on the capital. The shadowy organisation appeared to take control of Big Ben and the Millennium Wheel, from which they fired rocket propelled grenades and exploding bazooka rounds. Most exploded harmlessly in the air.
The attack happened on the stroke of midnight, and followed an eerily similar incident earlier in the day on Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. The coordinated nature of the attacks is the hallmark of Al-Qaeda, who have struggled to create any publicity since the death of their leader last year.
SAS troops are thought to have brought the attacks to a swift end after about 10 minutes, although there has been no official acknowledgement of their involvement.
Thankfully there were no reported casualties, and crowds of revellers who had gathered in the streets to see in the New Year were unharmed. Some were even reported to have enjoyed the bright displays in the sky as the weapons exploded overhead.