The Latest on the London Terror Plot Investigation

ABC News' London bureau is pulling together daily updates on the investigation into the foiled terror plots in Scotland and London. Below are the latest threads the bureau is following.



Shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday June 29, police were called to a suspicious metallic green Mercedes in central London. It was parked near busy nightclub Tiger Tiger in Haymarket. We now know the car contained gas cylinders, 60 litres of gasoline, and nails. A second device was found in another green Mercedes in an underground car compound, after it had been towed away for being illegally parked on Cockspur Street, just a few minutes walk away from the first vehicle. It also contained gasoline, gas cylinders and nails. Police say the devices were "viable" and "clearly linked."


The following day, Saturday June 30, a Grand Jeep Cherokee, license plate number L808 RTD, crashed into Glasgow Airport's Terminal building at 3.15pm local time. Eyewitnesses described it being driven at speed and on fire. Strathclyde Police have confirmed this attack is being linked to the two car bombs in London's West End.

ABC News has reported that there were at least three gas canisters inside the vehicle that was crashed into the Glasgow airport terminal. The canisters were surrounded by fuel containers. They were removed by explosives experts and officers from British counter terrorism. ABC News understands the intended method of detonation was less sophisticated than the London bombs, and the vehicle did not contain nails. Video shot at the scene by ABC News shows a number of canisters standing by the jeep.

In addition to the bombing suspect, five people were taken to the Southern General Hospital Glasgow. Four have since been discharged, and one remains in hospital "in a stable condition" according to the health board in Glasgow.


1. At Glasgow Airport a male aged 27 was arrested on Saturday 30th June. He remains under armed guard at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, and hospital officials tell us he is in a critical condition due to the burns he suffered. According to Glasgow Police he is believed to have been the driver of the vehicle.

2. At Glasgow Airport a male age 27 was arrested on Saturday 30th June. Initially held at Govan high security police station in Glasgow, he was moved to Paddington Green high security police station in London on Monday 2nd July. ABC News has named him as Bilal Abdulla, an Iraqi doctor, who worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley.

3. On the M6 highway (northbound) near Sandbach in northwest England, between junction 17 and 16 in Cheshire, a male aged 26 was arrested on the night of Saturday 30th June/Sunday 1st July. He is now in custody at a central London Police Station, believed to be Paddington Green. ABC News has named him as Doctor Mohammed Asha, a Jordanian who held a type of provisional limited registration which enabled him to work in the British healthcare system under supervision. His father in Jordan has told Agence France Presse that Asha moved to the U.K. in 2005, with his wife Dana, to specialize in neurology. A warrant of further detention has been obtained for police to hold him until Saturday 7th July.

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