Five Doctors Held Over terror Attacks

Sky News 

Five doctors are now being held in connection with the recent attempted terror attacks - one is an Iraqi doctor who trained in Baghdad.

Bilal Abdullah is detained outside Glasgow airport
Bilal Abdullah is detained outside Glasgow airport

Sky sources named him as Iraqi Bilal Abdulla - he was left relatively unscathed in an attack on Glasgow airport, in which two men drove a flaming jeep into the airport terminal.

Two doctors were arrested in Paisley, Glasgow, another in Liverpool and one on the M6 on Saturday night.

Abdulla was pictured being led away from the explosion by police and worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital near Glasgow.

The other man detained at Glasgow airport had severe burns and remains in a critical condition at the Royal Alexandra.

Police used two controlled explosions to detonate two suspect cars outside the hospital. 

Eight people are now being held by police in connection with the attempted bombing in Scotland and two car bombs found in London's West End.

They were arrested at locations throughout the UK.

Police have been given another five days to question the two men arrested at Glasgow airport and until Saturday to quiz three people held at Paddington Green police station in west London.

One of those, Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, was arrested on the M6 on Saturday night.

The Jordanian was detained with a woman of 27 dressed in traditional Muslim dress, believed to be his wife, on the M6 near Sandbach in Cheshire.

M6 terror arrests
M6 terror arrests

Dr Asha, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, worked at the North Staffordshire Hospital, where police have been searching his office.

He gained his medical qualifications in Jordan in 2004 and came to Britain the following year.

He was seen wearing a stethoscope at his rented home in the village of Houston, near Glasgow Airport, a letting agent said.

His father appeared on Jordanian TV on Monday claiming his son was innocent.

Sources told Sky News that a third man, aged 26, arrested in Liverpool, was also a doctor.

He was reported to have worked at Halton Hospital in Cheshire.

Police search for clues at airport
Police search for clues at airport

The UK remains on a "critical" state of terror alert - the highest possible - after police linked the three failed bombings.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has refused to comment on reports the suspects were members of a foreign terror cell.

She addressed the Commons and thanked the emergency services for their response to the incidents.

She said 19 locations had been searched.

Assistant Chief Constable John Malcolm has appealed for information on the movements of the Jeep, registration L808 RDT.

The Glasgow attack followed the attempted bombings in London early on Friday, when two Mercedes packed with petrol and nails were parked in the West End.

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