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Race to break terror cell July 2 2007
· Members of al-Qaida group run by 'Mr Big' still at large
· Five arrested bomb suspects were not born in Britain
· Glasgow and London attempts linked as probe gathers pace
Vikram Dodd and Severin Carrell
Police and the security services are still hunting for at least three members of an al-Qaida linked terrorist cell suspected of attempting to commit mass murder using car bombs in London and Glasgow. Counter-terrorism officers believe the cell has at least eight members, linked by a controlling "Mr Big".
The hunt led police to make five arrests at the weekend and raid a number of addresses across England and Scotland, amid fears that there could be another attempted attack. Two of those arrested were said to be doctors.
The Jeep attack on Saturday at Glasgow airport, a day after two failed attempts to bomb targets in central London, triggered a decision to take the UK to its highest state of alert.
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Hunt for terror cell July 2 2007
One of the terror suspects who jumped from the burning Jeep in the attack on Glasgow airport. He and his alleged accomplice are now in hospital
Michael Evans and Adam Fresco
The terrorist group behind the latest wave of bombing plots has not yet been neutralised and other attacks could hit cities in the United Kingdom, security sources told The Times yesterday.
As the head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command confirmed that the two car bombs discovered in London and the blazing Jeep incident at Glasgow airport were linked, a source said: “There is a group of individuals out there who have the capability and the intent to carry out attacks in the UK.
“In our judgment it is very likely there will be further attacks.”
The alert status was raised to “critical” at the weekend and will stay there until MI5 and the police are sure that there are no further attacks being planned by the cell. Those responsible for parking two bomb-primed cars in the West End are still on the run
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Independent OnLine 'Indy' News July 2 2007
Terror attacks: Hour by hour, the smoke clears July 2 2007
By Kim Sengupta and Colin Brown
Police carried out a series of raids and made a number arrests across the country yesterday, while a car was blown up in a hospital car park during a day of dramatic developments after the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow.
A controlled explosion was carried out at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, where one of two men arrested at Glasgow airport, critically injured from his burns, was receiving medical treatment under armed police guard. Police said the vehicle was linked to the attack at the airport, where a burning Jeep was driven into the terminal on Saturday afternoon, as well as to addresses being searched near Glasgow.
The police and the security services stated that the two incidents in London and Glasgow were linked and that some members of the group that had carried them out remain free.
The man receiving treatment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital was the driver of the Jeep. Also under arrest is his 27-year-old companion.
Yesterday, raids took place in the town of Houston, in Renfrewshire, in the aftermath of the Glasgow attack. According to local reports, an insular group of people had moved into the area about six weeks ago. Police officers wearing white overalls were seen coming in and out of a semi-detached house in the town six miles west of Glasgow.
South of the border, a 27-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were arrested on the M6 motorway in Cheshire. A 26-year-old man was also arrested in Liverpool, while raids were also carried out in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. All three are being held at Paddington Green police station in central London. Three of the five arrested suspects are believed to be foreign nationals.
As the hunt for the terrorist cell spread across the country, the national security alert was raised to the highest possible state of "critical" .
Gordon Brown said there would be intensive police checks at airports, pubs and clubs and on the roads for the foreseeable future. The new Prime Minister added that it was "clear" that the attacks had been` perpetrated by those associated with al-Qa'ida.
Liverpool's John Lennon airport had been closed overnight on Saturday following a terrorist alert there. Glasgow airport was reopened yesterday, with about 20 flights cancelled. Stricter security checks have been brought into other airports across Britain.
At a press conference in Glasgow, where the registration number of the green Jeep Cherokee used in the airport attack L808 RDT was issued, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, said: "I am confident absolutely confident that in the coming days and weeks we will be able to gain a thorough understanding of the methods used by the terrorists, of the way in which they planned their attacks, and the network to which they belong."
But the former Scotland Yard commissioner Lord Stevens, who will soon take over as the Prime Minister's security adviser, stated: "The terror of 7/7 was awful enough, but now al-Qa'ida has imported the tactics of Baghdad and Bali to the streets of the UK. And it will get worse before it gets better ... There is growing suspicion that al-Qa'ida operatives possibly British- born have returned from Iraq as well as Afghanistan to guide, direct and influence groups here."
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BBC OnLine News July 2 2007
Car bombings suspect 'on the run' July 2 2007
Detectives are still urgently hunting people suspected of involvement in the attempted car bombings in London and at Glasgow Airport.
Five people were arrested at the weekend, but at least one suspect is still believed to be on the run.
Those held so far include a qualified medical doctor. Police say none of the suspects is British in origin.
Police are linking the failed bombings and the UK remains on high alert amid fears of a possible further attack.
The terror alert level was raised to critical - its highest level - after a Jeep Cherokee, loaded with gas cylinders, crashed into the doors of Glasgow Airport's main terminal and burst into flames on Saturday afternoon.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith defended the decision not to raise the terror alert level to critical earlier in the light of suggestions that the new Brown administration could be a target.
She told the BBC that decisions on the level of alert were taken by an independent committee, which properly raised the level to critical after attempted bombings.
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BBC OnLine History July 2 2007
July 2 1964: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill
The Civil Rights Bill - one of the most important piece of legislation in American history - has become law.
US President Lyndon B Johnson signed the bill creating equal rights in voting, education, public accommodations, union membership and in federally assisted programmes - regardless of race, colour, religion or national origin.
The bill has caused much controversy since it was introduced last year by President John F Kennedy.
It was signed tonight in the White House five hours after the House of Representatives passed it by 289 to 126 votes.
After the signing, President Johnson shook hands with civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King.
In a television address to the nation he called on US citizens to "eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in America".
"Let us close the springs of racial poison," he said.
Parts of the bill take immediate effect, including the "public accommodations" element which means black people can no longer be excluded from restaurants, hotels, bars, cinemas, sports stadia and other public facilities.
Sections on voting rights and desegregation of schools are also enforceable from now and give the Attorney General more power to intervene where necessary.
The section on equal opportunity in employment will not begin to operate for another year and will not be fully effective for five years.
During the debate on the bill, segregationist politicians from America's deep south expressed their disappointment and anger.
Congressman Howard Smith of Virginia called it a "monstrous oppression of the people".
Civil rights activists have welcomed the new law. Roy Wilkins, secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People described it as "the Magna Carta of human rights".
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