“The chaos over the past two days has raised fears that the type of car bomb attacks that have become commonplace in Iraq has now reached European shores.”
“Police Arrest 2 More in Connection With London, Scotland Terror Incidents,” from the Associated Press:
GLASGOW, Scotland “” Three terrorist suspects were in police custody Sunday “” and a fourth man under guard in hospital “” following attacks that saw a flaming jeep crash
into a Scottish airport and two car bomb plots foiled in central London.
Scotland Yard said two people had been arrested in Cheshire, a county in northern England, in a joint swoop by specialist officers from London and Birmingham.
The chaos over the past two days has raised fears that the type of car bomb attacks that have become commonplace in Iraq has now reached European shores. Late Saturday, Britain raised its security alert level to critical “” the highest possible level, indicating terror attacks may be imminent.
British Broadcasting Corp. television reported, without citing sources, that the man was wearing a suicide belt and that police had found propane gas cylinders in the Glasgow Jeep.
Rae would not say whether the device found on the suspect was a suicide belt, and made no mention of gas cylinders. However, British security officials said evidence pointed toward the Glasgow attack being a suicide mission.
London police said the latest arrests were in connection with both attacks, but did not elaborate. Officials declined to say if those arrested were men or women, or whether either suspect was a figure seen running from one of the explosive laden cars dumped in London.
Police wrestled the driver and a passenger, both described by witnesses as South Asian, to the ground, arresting them and taking one to the hospital. Witnesses said one of the men was engulfed in flames and spoke “gibberish” as an official used a fire extinguisher to douse the fire.
Glasgow police spokeswoman Elisa Dunn said five bystanders were treated for injuries, and one was hospitalized with a leg injury. Scottish airline authorities said around 2,500 passengers had been evacuated from the airport.
A report at CNN includes this account:
Witness Jackie Kennedy told the BBC that after the crash, a passenger in the
Jeep doused himself with fuel from a can and ignited it, then got out of the vehicle. Airport police used fire extinguishers on him, and he fell to the ground, she said.
“I realized that this was obviously deliberately done — the fact that the guy was in flames and seemed to be enjoying himself, even smiling,” Kennedy told the BBC.