July 02, 2007



From FOX News: Doctors Among the Arrested in U.K. Terror Sweep

At least three physicians were identified Monday among suspects arrested in Britain's failed car bomb attacks, and authorities announced three new arrests including a doctor in Australia as the investigation spread overseas.

British media reports said an Indian doctor also was among the eight people in custody and another outlet said at least five of the detainees in Britain were physicians. British police confirmed a Palestinian doctor and Iraqi physician were among those held, while Australian officials said a foreign doctor working there had been detained in the case.

Officers used heightened stop-and-search powers and armed response vehicles to hunt for anyone else who might have been involved in the plot, and police put on a show of force to bolster security at airports and train stations and on city streets.

Hours after police announced the arrests of two more people in the Glasgow area, officials said an eighth suspect was detained "abroad by local authorities" Monday.

Australian authorities later said he was arrested at the airport in Brisbane while trying to leave the country. Queensland state Premier Peter Beattie described the suspect as a 27-year-old man but withheld his identity. Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock said the suspect was a doctor at a Queensland state hospital but was not a citizen.

From The Daily Mail: 'Terror ringleader' is brilliant NHS doctor.

An Iraqi junior doctor and a brilliant neurologist working for the NHS are among the suspects being quizzed over the series of bomb attacks across Britain, it emerged today.

UPDATE I: I changed the top story to reflect updates being made by FOX News.

UPDATE II -- July 6: From ABC News: Chin Up: British Papers Poke Fun at Terror.

Posted by Forkum at July 2, 2007 04:11 PM