Posted on 9th May 2012 @ 11:18 AM
The UK is proving to everyone once again that there are many advantages to having a CCTV security surveillance system set up around your home or business. Studies have shown that people are always on their best behavior when they know they’re being watched. And even for those few bad apples that can’t help themselves, CCTV security surveillance allows you to record their actions and give irrefutable evidence to the police, which is what this story demonstrates. In this latest story, a man appears to have purposely blown himself up in attempt to cause damage to local property. In the man’s court appearance today, the jury was able to view this footage and the event exactly as it transpired thanks to the latest and greatest CCTV security surveillance technology.
Local shop owner Naresh Lakhwani had installed a CCTV security surveillance system in his store for protection purposes. He probably never thought it would be used for something this monumental. Lakhwani handed over the CCTV footage to the police so that he could assist with their investigation. In the footage, it can be clearly seen that there is a dark figure walking between Drottninggatan and Bryggargatan.
Moments later, a bright flash of light can be seen, followed y smoke coming from the left side of the screen, in Bryggargatan. It can also be clearly seen that many people are running away from the scene. According to the time and date stamp on the CCTV security surveillance camera, the explosion happened just after 5pm.
42 year old Naresh Lakhwani is a shop owner in Drottninggatan and a witness to the event. He said people were panicking. He said he was working inside his store when he suddenly heard the explosion and people running in all directions, which is what led him to contact the authorities.
Mr. Lakhwani said Drottninggatan could be compared to "Oxford Street in London" as it was always crowded with shoppers, and on this day it was particularly busy because it was a Saturday close to Christmas. He said that, when the smoke cleared, he saw a man lying on the ground and decided to approach him in case he needed assistance.
The businessman said: "As soon as I came close to the body, I saw that his stomach was open and there were body parts close to his body and I saw there was something seriously wrong."
Mr. Lakhwani was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow in the trial of Nasserdine Menni, who is accused of being involved in a conspiracy with a man named Taimour Abdulwahab, which resulted in a bomb going off in the Swedish capital. Abdulwahab died in the explosion.
Menni, whose age is not known, is alleged to have furthered Abdulwahab's terrorist aims, which included the use of explosive devices in the commission of an act of terrorism directed against members of the public in Sweden with intent to murder them.
It is alleged he conspired with Abdulwahab and others from addresses in Glasgow, Luton, Bedford, Syria, Iraq and Sweden between January 1 2003 and March 8 2011. Menni is also charged with transferring money to or for the use of Abdulwahab, in the knowledge or with reasonable cause to suspect it would be used for the purposes of terrorism.
He denies all the charges against him.