The investigation into a suspected plot to detonate car bombs in Britain has widened after police in Australia detained an Indian doctor. The 27-year old was seized as he was trying to leave the country via Brisbane airport. Australian Prime Minister John Howard: “The man has been taken into custody and questioning is underway. There is a second person who’s currently assisting the police with their inquiries.” Mohammed Haneef had been recruited from Liverpool in England last year and was practicing at Queensland’s Gold Coast Hospital on a temporary working visa.
Meanwhile, in an investigation they describe as fast-moving, police in Britain have been carrying out controlled explosions, including one on a car at a mosque in Glasgow early this morning. They said the vehicle was linked to the investigation but did not contain any explosives and was destroyed as a precaution.
Of the eight people detained so far, at least six are doctors, most of them foreign-born nationals, including an Iraqi doctor trained in Baghdad and a Jordanian neuro-surgeon. All are being questioned in connection with a series of attempted car bomb attacks in London and Scotland on Friday and Saturday which claimed no victims.