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UK Terror Watch: Heathrow Airport Evacuated as Terror Plot Investigation Continues; Update: Scotland Yard is Reporting They Have Rounded Up All Suspects in the London and Glasgow Terror Plots; Update: Gas Canister Pair of Suspects Arrested in Terror Probe; Update: British PM Gordon Brown Has Banned the word “MUSLIM” and “WAR ON TERROR” in Referring to Terror Plot; Update: Glasgow Car Bomb Driver Identified as Dr. Kahlid Ahmed; Update: Same Men Behind Both London and Glasgow Attacks

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A vehicle burned on Saturday after it hit a section of Glasgow Airport.


Caring face: Dr Asha with his son Anaf, then two, in Amman, Jordan, last year

Police at Heathrow after Terminal 4 was evacuated

Bomb plot: Heathrow Terminal 4 evacuated

Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 evacuated as police probe suspect package

Thousands of passengers were evacuated from Heathrow’s busy Terminal 4 today in new terror alert after a ‘suspect bag’ was discovered inside.
It brought more chaos to the terminal which is British Airways’ main hub as officials warned of more delays.

Airport operator BAA said they were in ‘lock down mode.’

Passengers just moments from boarding were turned back from their flights after the alarm was raised at around 1pm

Planes with passengers already on board were directed away from the terminal.
All passengers inside the building were ordered to evacuate the terminal immediately as police and security services dealt with the ‘suspect bag.’

A spokesman for BAA said: “In response to a suspect bag in Terminal 4, secondary searches are now being carried out on departing passengers. This will cause some delays to flights.
“Contingency plans have now been activated to ensure that we are able to effectively manage the increase in resource that this secondary search requires. We are working with the police to bring a swift resolution to the incident.”

British Airways said it was monitoring the situation.

In the meantime, the investigation into the doctors who have committed this terror plot continues.

Tip-off: Mohammed Asif Ali quizzed over attack in Glasgow

Dr Mohammed Haneef was arrested at Brisbane Airport as he tried to board a plane to Pakistan

The latest from Australia:

A 27-year-old doctor has been arrested in Australia, while a second doctor is also being interviewed by Australian police.

State and federal police seized Dr Mohammed Haneef at Brisbane International Airport where he was trying to board a flight to Pakistan with a one-way ticket, Attorney General Philip Ruddock said.

He added Dr Haneef, believed to be an Indian citizen, had been working as a registrar at the Gold Coast Hospital in the state of Queensland. The total number to people arrested over the bomb plan is now eight.

Dr Haneef had been based at Halton Hospital at Runcorn in 2005, near Liverpool. He answered an advert placed in the British Medical Journal in March 2006 to work in Australia, according to Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

The second man, named locally as Mohammed Asif Ali, was also being questioned but is not thought to be directly linked to the terrorist plot. Sources in Australia said the doctors were neighbours in Brisbane and lived together on Merseyside. A series of searches are also taking place across addresses in Queensland.

To recap as to who is in custody:

And their link to Al Qaeda:

Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind U.K. Bomb Plot?

British intelligence services increasingly believe that the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow bare the fingerprints of al Qaeda in Iraq, CBS News has learned.

Intelligence sources tell CBS News that the people behind the attempts were directly recruited by Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the present leader of the terror group’s Iraq franchise.

Police investigating the plot had arrested eight people Tuesday, including at least six suspects trained as doctors, including a man of Indian nationality arrested in Australia. Sources close to the investigation told CBS News on Tuesday that another two or three arrests were likely to be seen in Britain, but that two of the people already in custody were likely to be released without charge.

Sources tell CBS News that al-Muhajir recruited the men between 2004 and 2005, while they were living in the Middle East, upon orders from then-al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Al-Muhajir was told to recruit young men who could easily move into Western countries, assimilate and lay low until the time came to attack. Britain has a fast-track visa program for medical students which makes it easier for them to enter the country.

Breaking News: Scotland Yard believes they have all of the suspects rounded up in the London and Glasgow terror plots

Terror Attacks: ‘All Key Suspects Held’

Police investigating the failed terror attacks on London and Glasgow believe they now have their key suspects in custody.

But they stress their inquiries are far from over and say the UK is likely to remain on a critical level of terror alert for some time.

A total of eight people are being held in connection with the failed bombings – the latest an Indian doctor arrested in Australia.

British PM Gordon Brown will be having a presser shortly.

Update 12:33 PM

A store of gas canisters is under guard in Blackburn after locals tipped off officers about two deliveries to a warehouse

‘Gas Canister’ Pair Held In Terror Probe

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after they apparently tried to collect a delivery of large gas canisters at an industrial estate in Blackburn.

Lancashire Police say it is too early to say whether the arrests are connected to the attempted terror attacks in Glasgow and London.

The pair, both believed to be Asian and in their 30s or 40s, are being held at a police station in Lancashire under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Officers swooped after the Calor gas canisters were taken to a unit on the Furthergate Industrial Estate in Birley Street.

Eyewitness Cameron Mason said: “A delivery man was waiting outside the unit to drop off around three or four large red gas canisters.

“Two Asian men arrived to collect them and just after they started speaking to the delivery man an unmarked police car turned up.

Both are being held at a police station in Lancashire on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, but a spokesman said it is too early to confirm whether the arrests are linked to the failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow.

It is thought officers swooped after two deliveries of gas canisters to the unit in Birley Street on the Furthergate industrial estate.

It is understood that a man wearing a denim jacket and light brown trousers was taken away by police in an unmarked Ford Focus while the second man, wearing a pale top and dark trousers, was driven away in a police BMW. Locals said they are not aware of what the property is used for.

Update 1:14 PM

Gordon Brown has banned ministers from using the word “Muslim” in ­connection with the ­terrorism crisis

The Prime Minister has also instructed his team – including new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith – that the phrase “war on ­terror” is to be dropped.The shake-up is part of a fresh attempt to improve community relations and avoid offending Muslims, adopting a more “consensual” tone than existed under Tony Blair.
However, the change provoked claims last night that ministers are indulging in yet more political correctness.

The sudden shift in tone emerged in comments by Mr Brown and Ms Smith in the wake of the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.

Mr Brown’s spokesman acknowledged yesterday that ministers had been given specific guidelines to avoid inflammatory language.
Mr Brown’s spokesman

“There is clearly a need to strike a consensual tone in relation to all communities across the UK,” the spokesman said. “It is important that the country remains united.”

He confirmed that the phrase “war on terror” – strongly associated with Mr Blair and US President George Bush – has been dropped.

Right…..cover up the fact that the perps were not Islamic extremists. And, of course blame Tony Blair and President Bush.

How stupid and politically correct can these MORONS be?

Update 1:23 PM

Dr. Kahlid Ahmed has been identified as the driver of the Glasgow Car Bomb

In the meantime, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport today:

Evacuated passengers take cover from a sudden rainstorm as police guard the doors to the terminal

Thousands of passengers are today enduring chaotic conditions at Heathrow following a terror alert which closed Terminal Four.

More than 100 flights were cancelled, affecting thousands of passengers, following the discovery of a “suspect bag”.

British Airways cancelled all its European departures from Terminal 4 from 3pm and said there would be no more flights today. It also cancelled all long-haul departures until 9pm and later said the Terminal would be closed until further notice.

BAA said that there would be no departing flights operating from Terminal 4, although planes were still arriving as normal, and the airport was in “lock-down mode”.

Update 2:09 PM

Dr Khalid Ahmed is restrained by police after attack

Same Men Behind Attacks

The attempted attacks on London’s West End and Glasgow airport were allegedly carried out by the same men, Sky sources say.

Sky’s Foreign Affairs editor, Tim Marshall, said the two allegedly planted the car bombs in central London before heading to Scotland.

“We have had it confirmed by sources that the two men who attempted to bomb London, it would appear, are the same two people who allegedly attempted to bomb Glasgow airport,” said Marshall.

“In other words after that failed attempt they quickly went up to Glasgow and arranged this.
“I also understand that Scotland Yard were pretty much on their trail already.”

The second man alleged to have been in the flaming jeep driven into Glasgow airport was earlier named by Sky sources as Dr Khalid Ahmed.

He is being treated for severe burns at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Glasgow.

The other man in the vehicle was named yesterday as Dr Bilal Abdulla, who worked as a locum at the hospital.

Stay tuned for breaking news

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