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07-01-2007, 10:07 AM
British police arrest five after car bomb attacks


Sun Jul 1, 2007 9:25AM EDT

By Peter Graff

GLASGOW (Reuters) - British police arrested a fifth person on Sunday after a fuel-filled jeep was rammed into Scotland's busiest airport, a terrorist attack that police said was linked to two failed car bombings in London.

Three of the arrests were in northern England and followed the detention of two men, who witnesses described as Asian. They were seized on Saturday immediately after they slammed a Jeep Cherokee into Glasgow airport and set the vehicle ablaze.

The attack, which caused five slight injuries and damaged the airport entrance, came barely 36 hours after two car bombs loaded with fuel, gas canisters and nails were found on the busy streets of central London primed to detonate.

Following the series of threats, Britain raised its national security level to "critical", meaning the risk of another attack was imminent, and increased security at airports.

"We are dealing with a long-term threat. It is not going to go away in the next few weeks or months," Prime Minister Gordon Brown, himself a Scot who took office only last Wednesday, said in a somber appraisal of the terrorist threat facing Britain.

Outside Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, police in white body suits searched houses in a town a short drive from the airport and set up forensic tents behind one building.

Neighbors said two Asian men had moved into one of the houses a month ago but had kept very much to themselves.

"I don't remember seeing them at all," said Mae Gordon, 67. "They were the only people around here you would never see."

Police said the three arrests in the north of England were related to both the Glasgow and the London attacks, but did not provide further details. Two of the arrests were made overnight on a major highway and the third was made later on Sunday.

Of the two men detained at Glasgow airport, one was badly burnt and listed in critical condition in hospital.

Britain has seen an increase in terrorism-related attacks since the September 11 strikes on the United States and since it joined U.S. forces in invading Iraq in 2003. Some analysts believe the latest attacks may be designed to exert pressure on Britain to withdraw its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brown convened a meeting of top security chiefs to discuss measures to handle the first big test of his leadership.

"Irrespective of Iraq, irrespective of Afghanistan, irrespective of what is happening in different parts of the world, we have an international organization trying to inflict the maximum damage on civilian life in pursuit of a terrorist cause that is totally unacceptable to most people," he told BBC television.

"Terrorism can never be justified as an act of faith. It is an act of evil in all circumstances," he said.


In Glasgow, 400 miles north of London, witnesses said two men intent on causing harm raced their green Jeep Cherokee into the glass doors of the airport terminal before dousing it in petrol and engulfing it in flames.

Police said the attack was linked to the thwarted London car bombs but did not say how. The London plot bore the hallmarks of a previous al Qaeda plan to attack London with fuel-filled cars, and another militant plan to bomb a major night club.

"There are clearly similarities and we can confirm that this is being treated as a terrorist incident," the top police officer in the Glasgow area, Willie Rae, told reporters.

The series of plots come almost two years since the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transport system, when four British Islamists blew themselves up and killed 52 commuters.

British Muslim groups condemned the series of incidents and urged Muslims to cooperate with the authorities.

"We are utterly appalled by this sinister plot and commend the professionalism of the security services in aborting it," the British Muslim Initiative said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Luke Baker, Mark Trevelyan and David Clarke)

(AuGmENTor: Someone please explain to me the whole Asian connection. What do Asians have to do with troops in Iraq? I'm not being sarcastic, I really don't know...)

07-01-2007, 06:52 PM
(AuGmENTor: Someone please explain to me the whole Asian connection. What do Asians have to do with troops in Iraq? I'm not being sarcastic, I really don't know...)

Indonesia has the biggest Muslim popluation in the world. That's the Asian connection to this (allegedly)

07-01-2007, 07:08 PM
And they are memebers of the same branch that supposedly wants to kill us for our freedom?

07-01-2007, 07:40 PM
And they are memebers of the same branch that supposedly wants to kill us for our freedom?

There are tons of Asians in (I hate to use this phrase) al-Qaeda linked groups.

And I don't mean linked as in they have the same skin color or use the same tooth paste, I mean linked as directly linked. (which I'm sure you already knew)

This attack looks like it's home grown, and there are tons of Asian muslims there I'd imagine.

But of course it hasn't been confirmed who exaclty they were ethnicity wise.