Guardian Unlimited OnLine July 3 2007
British terrorists conspired in bombs plot - security officials July 3 2007
· Six suspects are doctors
· Controlled explosions at hospital
· London car came from Scotland
Vikram Dodd and Richard Norton-Taylor
Counter-terrorism officials said last night they believe British terrorists who are still at large were involved in the conspiracy to launch car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow.
Details emerged as it became clear that five of the suspects under arrest are doctors working and training in the NHS, and one is a doctor working in Australia where he was arrested last night.
Seven of the eight people arrested so far are foreign-born nationals, including an Iraqi doctor trained in Baghdad, a Jordanian neurosurgeon, an Indian medic, and a Lebanese man. One, Mohammed Asha, 26, who lived in Staffordshire, is currently believed by counter-terrorism investigators to have been the ringleader of the cell. A counter-terrorism official said last night that "one of the plotters is a naturalised Briton".
Britain remained on its third day at its maximum "critical" threat level after the discovery of car bombs in London and the attack on Glasgow airport.
Police revealed yesterday that they had arrested two more men, aged 28 and 25, in Paisley, west of Glasgow. They were detained at residences at the town's Royal Alexandra hospital, close to Glasgow airport. The eighth person to be arrested was picked up at Brisbane airport. Australian officials said the 27-year-old was being held in custody on behalf of the Met.
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Times OnLine July 3 2007
Doctors at heart of terror bomb inquiry July 3 2007
David Lister and Adam Fresco
At least six doctors or medical students were among the eight under arrest last night over plots to bring death and carnage to London and Glasgow.
One of the men, a Jordanian, is a neurosurgeon who had recently been promoted to registrar. Another doctor, 27, also a registrar, was in custody last night in Brisbane, Australia. He worked at a hospital on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, but is not Australian.
Two other men, aged 28 and 25, were arrested at a hospital near Glasgow late on Sunday night.
Bilal Talal Samad Abdulla, an Iraqi doctor, who qualified in Baghdad in 2004 as the anti-American insurgency gathered pace, was named as one of the two suspects in the Jeep attack on Glasgow airport on Saturday. He works at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He is the second doctor to be named as a suspect after Mohammed Asha, 26, was arrested on the M6 with his wife, Marwah, on Saturday evening. Dr Asha is a Jordanian of Palestinian descent who works as a neurologist at the University of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent. Last night police began digging up the back garden of his house in Newcastle-under-Lyme
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Terror plot hatched in British hospitals July 3 2007
By Kim Sengupta, Ian Herbert and Cahal Milmo
A suspected secret cell of foreign militants, believed to be linked to al-Qa'ida and using British hospitals as cover, are being questioned over the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow.
Five of the eight people under arrest last night are said to be doctors. Another of those detained is the wife of one of the doctors, who is a medical assistant working for the NHS. The home of a sixth doctor is said to have been searched by police. Late last night an Australian television network reported that a suspect wanted in connection with the attacks had been arrested in Brisbane.
Attention has been focused on a group of nationals from the Middle East, who had not previously attracted the interest of security agencies.
Until now, cases of Islamist terrorism have involved mainly Muslims who were born and brought up in Britain. The alleged arrival of teams from abroad to carry out attacks, their identities unknown to the domestic law agencies, adds another dimension to the terrorist threat being faced in the United Kingdom.
Following the link between the attacks in London and Glasgow, control of the investigation was transferred to Scotland Yard. With the security alert staying at the highest possible level and warnings that another attack may be "imminent", police carried out 19 raids across the country, arresting nationals from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Among those arrested was Mohammed Jamil Abdelqader Asha, a 26-year-old neurologist who was born in Saudi Arabia but is of Palestinian origin and was travelling on a Jordanian passport. He and his 27-year-old wife, a medical assistant, were arrested on the M6 in Cheshire, in connection with the attempted bombings in London.
Also under arrest was Bilal Talal Abdul Samad Abdulla, an Iraqi from Baghdad who arrived in the UK in April 2006. He is said to have been one of the two men in the Cherokee Jeep in the Glasgow airport attack, and is suffering from third-degree burns.
His companion, under arrest, is also from Iraq, while two other men, aged 25 and 28, arrested in Paisley yesterday, were said to be doctors from Saudi Arabia.
Police carried out a controlled explosion on a blue Vauxhall car yesterday at Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, near Glasgow, where Dr Abdulla worked and where he is being treated for his injuries. It was the second such detonation at the hospital, following a white BMW on Sunday. Strathclyde Police said the two vehicles were "connected" with the airport attack.
Dr Asha, 26, has been in Britain since 2005 and had worked at the North Staffordshire Hospital, where his office was being searched yesterday following a raid at his home at Sunningdale Grove in Newcastle-under-Lyme. There were police searches in the same town two miles from Dr Asha's home at Priam Close, Bradwell, which, according to neighbours, was rented by another doctor and his wife.
Further searches were carried out in Liverpool at the home of a man who had been arrested after being disabled with a taser gun after police surrounded his car. According to neighbours, the man was a doctor from India who worked at Halton Hospital in Cheshire. A colleague told the newspaper, Muslim News, that the man may have been detained because he was using the mobile telephone and internet account of another man who has recently left Britain. Last night Dr Asha's father, Jamil Asha, asked King Abdullah of Jordan to intercede on behalf of his son. He vehemently stressed to journalists in Amman that his son was not involved in any terrorist activity
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BBC OnLine News July 3 2007
Australian arrest in terror probe July 3 2007
Police investigating failed car bombings at Glasgow airport and London have seized a man at Brisbane airport.
The Australian arrest brings the number of people held to eight.
Australian PM John Howard said the 27-year-old man was a doctor - like two others arrested - who was trying to fly to India on a one-way ticket.
Meanwhile, three controlled explosions have taken place on a car linked to the Glasgow airport attack, outside a mosque in the south of the city.
Supt Stuart Daniel, of Strathclyde Police, said that while there had been "absolutely no specific information" that the car was a threat, the explosions were carried out as a precaution.
Mr Howard said Australian police had been acting on information from the UK authorities.
The detained man was an Indian national who was arrested while trying to return to India with a one-way ticket, he added.
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BBC OnLine History July 3 2007
July 3 1971: Doors' singer Jim Morrison found dead
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27.
He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.
A doctor's report stated the cause of death was heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.
The rest of the band - keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - are currently in the United States.
Morrison, also known as the Lizard King, was born in Florida in 1943, his father Stephen was in the US Navy and rose to the rank of admiral.
He formed The Doors with Ray Manzarek in 1965 in Los Angeles.
Morrison had come up with the name after reading Aldous Huxley's account of drug experiences, The Doors Of Perception.
The group became the first popular "new wave" band. Their first album, The Doors, released by Elektra Records in 1967, was a number one hit in the US, though only just scraped into the British charts.
Their following albums, Strange Days and Waiting For The Sun, provided further American hits and, in Hello I love You, a British number 15.
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