Blazing jeep rams into Glasgow Airport

Four arrested; intel official suspects incident linked to London bomb plot.

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June 30, 2007 21:12
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Blazing jeep rams into Glasgow Airport

glasgow crash 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Three terrorist suspects were in police custody Sunday - and a fourth man under guard in hospital - following attacks that saw a flaming jeep crash into a Scottish airport and two car bomb plots foiled in central London. Scotland Yard said two people had been arrested in Cheshire, a county in northern England, in a joint swoop by specialist officers from London and Birmingham.

  • British police hunt car bomb suspect Earlier, two men rammed a jeep spouting a trail of flames into the main terminal of Glasgow airport Saturday, crashing into the glass doors at the entrance, witnesses said. Police said two people were arrested and there were no reports of injuries. The green SUV barreled toward the building at full speed shortly after 3 p.m., hitting security barriers before crashing into the glass doors and exploding, witnesses said. Two men fled the burning SUV, one of them engulfed in flames, they said. Other witnesses described police pulling a man out of the car and wrestling him to the ground. "The car came speeding past at about 30 mph. It was approaching the building quickly," witness Scott Leeson said. "Then the driver swerved the car around so he could ram straight in to the door. He must have been trying to smash straight through." The airport - Scotland's largest - was evacuated and all flights suspended. Flames and black smoke could be seen rising from the jeep outside the main entrance. Police said it was unclear if anyone was injured. Passengers were stranded, with at least one airplane grounded on the runway, the BBC said. The incident came just one day after British police thwarted a plot to bomb central London, discovering explosives packed into Mercedes near Piccadilly Circus and another car parked nearby and towed to a lot near Hyde Park. Both bombs were defused before they could explode. "One has to conclude ... these are linked," Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, former head of Britain's joint intelligence committee, told Sky News television. "This is a very young government, and we may yet see further attacks. ... We are seeing a pattern of attack in the early days of a new government." Leeson said only the nose of the jeep made it inside the building. Witness Richard Grey told the BBC that the jeep was lodged into the center of the terminal's main entrance. Two men - one of them engulfed in flames - were in the SUV, witnesses told BBC News executive Helen Boaden, who was at the airport at time. She described the men as South Asian. Clarkson described one of the men as a large South Asian man. "His whole body was on fire.... He was just talking gibberish," he told the BBC. Leeson said an airport official he spoke to did not think the incident was an accident. "He said the men in the car got out and started throwing petrol about _ that must be how it caught fire," he said. Contrary to some witness reports, Grey said the car didn't explode. "There were a few pops and bangs that seemed to be the tires and the petrol." Glasgow airport is Britain's sixth-largest airport, handling 8.9 million passengers a year. Around 265 aircraft fly in and out of each day to about 90 destinations.

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