LONDON (AFP) – Anti-terror police arrested four more suspects Wednesday over the July 2005 suicide attacks in London, including the widow of one of the bombers who killed 52 people.
Police sources said Hasina Patel, 29, the widow of bombers’ ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan, was arrested by anti-terror police in an early morning raid at her home in Dewsbury.
Three men were likewise arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Two of the men, aged 30 and 34, were arrested in the Leeds vicinity.
Five houses around the city were being searched: two in the Beeston suburb, two in Dewsbury and one in Batley.
The BBC named the 34-year-old as Khalid Khaliq from Tempest Road in Beeston — the same street as Khan’s fellow suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. Three of the four attackers had links to Beeston and Dewsbury.
A 22-year-old man was arrested at a student residence in
Detectives searched the address while a “full forensic search” was to be conducted at a house in another Birmingham suburb, West Midlands Police said.
Armed officers were not used in the arrests.
The investigation into the attacks seems to be gathering pace as three men last month became the first people to appear in court charged over the deadly blasts, which killed 52 innocent people and the bombers.
The suspects arrested Wednesday were taken to a central London police station for interviews in custody by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“This was a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
Since the attacks “detectives have continued to pursue many lines of inquiry both here in the UK and overseas,” he added.
“This remains a painstaking investigation with a substantial amount of information being analysed and investigated.
“We are determined to follow the evidence wherever it takes us to identify any other person who may have been involved, in any way, in the terrorist attacks.”