The critical state of alert in Britain – following attempted terrorist attacks in Glasgow and London – is becoming increasingly evident on the country’s streets. A car, blown up by the bomb squad near a mosque in Glasgow, was one of five controlled explosions in the city.
In London, police have banned cars and other vehicles from directly approaching airports. Heathrow’s Terminal 4 was closed and passengers were searched after a suspect package was found. Other transport hubs such as Waterloo Station in central London have seen increased police presence and security measures.
Muslim leaders in Britain have praised the government for what they called its calm and reassuring tone. Daoud Abdullah from the Muslim Council of Britain said: “We are all affected, and therefore we all have a responsibility to address it. We share a common sense of responsibility in denouncing it.”
The investigation has already reached the other side of the world: Australian security services at Brisbane airport held Mohammed Hanif, a 27-year old Indian doctor with links to Liverpool, as he was trying to leave the country.