A suspected terror gang, at least two of whom are doctors, were being questioned today after being trapped by their mobile phones.
Anti-terrorist detectives swooped on five members of the gang across Britain after gathering crucial clues from phones found in the two London car bombs.
The phones were meant to trigger a blast when they were called. The bombers twice called the car outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub in Haymarket, and the one in Cockspur Street four times, but the bombs failed to detonate for technical reasons.
Traces on the mobile phones’ calls led police to addresses in Liverpool, Staffordshire and Glasgow.
Today the suspected members of the al Qaeda terror cell, which arrived in the country a year ago, were being questioned about the plot to launch simultaneous car bomb attacks on London which would have led to the deaths of hundreds of people. Detectives were trying to establish their exact identities.
Police said the links between the London attacks and that in Glasgow, where two men tried to smash a blazing vehicle into the city’s airport on Saturday afternoon, were “becoming ever clearer”.
One of the Glasgow attackers is believed to be a doctor, possibly an Iraqi. One suffered 90 per cent burns and was too ill to be questioned.
The suspected ringleader of the plot is also a doctor, a Jordanian. Neurologist Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, and his burka-wearing wife, 27, were held in a dramatic operation as they drove on the M6 in Cheshire with their two-year-old son on Saturday.
A fifth suspect – arrested at Lime Street station in Liverpool – was taken to London’s Paddington Green police station to be questioned, along with Dr Asha and his wife.
Police are believed to have been alerted to Dr Asha’s car after his number plate flashed up on an automatic number plate recognition camera.