Thursday, 5 July 2007

Attack on Glasgow Airport - Houses searched.

After the shocking events from the weekend with a car being driven into the arrivals terminal at Glasgow Airport, police have been searching many properties in the hope of finding anything connected with the terrorist activity.

A Cambridge address has been searched following failed car bomb explosions in both Glasgow and London.

The exact address has not been revealed.

To date eight people have been arrested and all are linked with the NHS, it is believed that four of them already know each other from Cambridge.

Shiraz Maher an associate of one of those arrested said:

“Dr Kafeel Ahmed and Dr Bilal Abdullah, both arrested at Glasgow airport after a burning car was driven into doors of main terminal, were "best mates"”

Hicham Kwieder who is secretary of the Cambridge Muslim Welfare Society said that he knows and saw Dr Abdullah about a year ago.

“ I talked to him, like many other people. He was a nice person. I knew him as someone who attended our mosque. I met him after the invasion [of Iraq]. He felt pain that the country was divided and people were fighting each other.

I recognised his photograph in the paper. I was shocked. Whatever information we have will be passed on to the police. We're helping police with their inquiries."

The Society later said that police had not actually searched the premises.

Dr Ahmed was a research student in the science technology department at Anglia Ruskin University. A spokeswoman said:

"We are aware of media speculation about possible links between recent events at Glasgow Airport and one of our research students.

We are co-operating fully with the police in their inquiries. At this time identities are still unclear and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”

Dr Ahmed’s brother was also arrested along with Dr Mohammed Asha and his wife. All currently working at hospitals in the country.

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