Detectives investigating the failed car bombings at Glasgow airport and in London have arrested two more men, Strathclyde Police have said. The arrests of the men, aged 25 and 28, take the number of people held over the attempted bombings to seven.
Houses are being searched in Houston, near Paisley, Merseyside, and in Staffordshire, where one of two doctors arrested in the inquiry lived. Police are linking the failed bombings and the UK remains on high alert. Police said the arrests of the two men, who are not believed to be of Scottish origin, were as a result of “intensive police operations in the Paisley area last night”.
Assistant Chief Constable John Malcolm, of Strathclyde Police said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation and I am grateful to the public for their perseverance and support during these difficult times. He added: “I would continue to urge people to be vigilant.”
On Monday, Staffordshire Police closed off Priam Close, in Bradwell, not far from Chesterton, where one of the people being held, Dr Mohammed Asha, lived. Dr Asha, who worked as a junior doctor at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, was arrested on the M6 in Cheshire on Saturday night.
Authorities suspect the two men who rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into Glasgow’s airport on Saturday are the same people who parked two car bombs in central London a day earlier, security sources told CNN.
British police said on Monday they had arrested two more people as part of their investigation into the failed terror attacks that have put the country on its highest state of alert.
The two were arrested in the Paisley area of Glasgow, police said. The men were aged 28 and 25 and believed not to be of Scottish origin. That brings the total number of people arrested to seven.
Other than one suspect who was severely burned, no one was seriously hurt in Saturday’s incident at Glasgow. The car bombs in London did not detonate.
Police investigating the car bombs in London were tracking the two men even before the attack in Scotland, sources told CNN.
It is certainly very less likely that they are of Scottish origin, and even less possible they are Buddhists on a rampage campaign…
Doctors probed over failed bombings
Guardian Unlimited – 25 minutes ago
Two of the people being quizzed by police over the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow are believed to be doctors. One of them is Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, who was arrested on the M6 in Cheshire.
The second doctor is thought to have been one of the two men who drove a blazing Jeep packed with gas canisters into a terminal building at Glasgow Airport.
He was seen wearing a stethoscope at his rented home in the village of Houston, near Glasgow Airport, letting agent Daniel Gardiner said.
It is believed the doctor worked at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.
One of the two men is now under armed guard in a critical condition at the hospital after suffering terrible burns in the attack.
Police carried out a controlled explosion on a vehicle in the car park of the hospital. Strathclyde Police said the car was connected to the airport attack.
Two more arrests over British terror alert UPDATE
Forbes – 38 minutes ago
GLASGOW (Thomson Financial) – Police investigating a weekend car bomb attack at Glasgow airport have arrested two more people, according to a police spokesman.
Britain at maximum alert Canada.com
Britain fears new attack Independent Online
Amid fears of a new Al-Qaeda-style attack, the goverment also called a new meeting of its so-called COBRA crisis cell, the fifth in four days, to discuss the latest developments.
Seven suspects detained over British plot: Brown has said he believes those behind the botched attacks were associated with militant group al Qaeda. No, Al-Reuters, they are not militants, they are nurses spreading the love around the world.
Time: How secure is Britain?
Yet if the terrorists who targeted Glasgow and London lacked the technical and planning skills to succeed, any hopes that their attacks were the work of crazed individuals have evaporated. Instead, a picture is emerging of a well-coordinated operation stretching from Scotland to southern England — with the hallmarks of a plot inspired by al-Qaeda. It has also revealed the manpower limitations of the country’s electronic surveillance system. David Capitanbchik, a terrorism expert at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, also suggests the attack in Glasgow may be in response to last week’s elevation to the post of Prime Minister of Gordon Brown, who is a Scot and from Glasgow, and is a wake-up call to Scotland which has traditionally seen itself as immune to terrorism, a view based in part on strong historical ties with Northern Ireland during the height of Britain’s conflict with the IRA. Yesterday’s attack, on the first day of the Scottish school holidays and possibly timed to coincide with the Queen’s official opening of the Scottish parliament shows that “Scotland has to be as much on alert as the rest of the UK,” he said.
- The Hill Chronicles,
- Planck’s Constant,
- A Blog for All (Are more attacks planned? […] There are too many jihadis and too few intel officers to track all the threats and possible threats […] Well, it would seem that the terrorists planned on using the second bomb to kill and maim those responding to the carnage due to the first bomb. They were going after the rescuers. ),
- A Conservative’s Blog,
- Atlas Shrugs (One of the Glasgow bombers shouted “Allah, Allah” “He had a big smirk on his face. He lifted up what appeared to be a five-litre drum, which I think had petrol in it, and set himself on fire. His clothes were melting in front of my very eyes.),
- Flusseous Flap’s Dental Blog.
- Not Proud of Britain: more about intelligence situation: But against a backdrop of 30 current plots, 200 suspected terrorist cells and close to 2,000 known suspects to keep under surveillance, the police and intelligence agencies were unable to pinpoint the exact timing or the targets.”
- UK commentators -about Glasgow attempt- h/t Pub Philosopher: But no-one seems to have noticed the as-far-as-I-know unique feature of this act – the first terrorist attempt against Britain which doesn’t target England.
- Sugiero: UK Islamist Leader Anjem Choudary: “Terror Attacks Completely Justified”. Before this he said: “We should not be surprised at people doing something like 7/7. How else do you expect Muslims to express themselves? We are a community under siege. It’s going to blow up in everyone’s faces one day.” He is very ugly, as every Islamist I have the displeasure to see. Looks like it’s a rule. He also has announced “many more attacks to come” and has stated this “was carried out by British local Muslims“. Is he really sure???
- More comments at A Tangled Blog.
More about the doctors: EURSOC : According to reports, one man is Jordanian-born neurologist and the other is variously described as “Middle Eastern”, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian or Iraqi. The second doctor is thought to be one of the men arrested at Glasgow airport after an attempt to crash a burning car into a passenger terminal in a suicide attack.
Assistant Chief Constable John Malcolm, of Strathclyde Police said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation and I am grateful to the public for their perseverance and support during these difficult times. I would continue to urge people to be vigilant.”
Global Security.org: Police in Glasgow carried out a controlled explosion today of a suspicious car parked at the hospital where one of the airport attackers is hospitalized with critical burns. Authorities released no information on the car or its owner.
Opinion Journal: Terrorists don’t seem to care that Blair is gone. Barely 48 hours on the job, Britain’s new Prime Minister Gordon Brown got a lesson in the realities of the post-9/11 world. Don’t worry: he needed them.