Dan Frugtniet, a 32-year-old sales manager who also works in the Hammersmith area, said he found the reaction of the authorities to be "scare-mongering" and "manipulative." His friend Tom Prince, a 28-year-old project manager, disagreed and said "it's not the police who are at fault, it's the public" because "people are overly vigilant and they phone in about everything" and the police are compelled to look into every alert.
The investigation is spanning the globe, with the latest arrest being made in Brisbane, Australia. A man of Indian origin, Dr. Mohammed Haneef, 27, is believed to have qualified in Bangalore, India, in 2002. He was arrested at Brisbane Airport; authorities believe he intended to travel with a one-way ticket to India on Monday.
Haneef was working at Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland, Australia, but had previously worked at Halton Hospital, Liverpool. According to Reuters, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said that no official charges had yet been filed against Haneef. Australian media are reporting that Haneef was arrested after a phone call was made to him from one of the suspects arrested in London.
Another suspect who has yet to be named by authorities was arrested in the Lime Street area, Liverpool, late Saturday. ABC News has confirmed that the suspect worked at the same hospital as Haneef and was also a doctor.
Two suspects were arrested in Glasgow, after they drove a fuel-laden car bomb into Glasgow airport. Police in Scotland confirmed that the Glasgow airport attack was connected to the two failed car bombs found a day earlier in London's West End. One suspect Dr. Bilal Abdullah is believed to be an Iraqi national. Another man who has yet to be identified by authorities is being treated for burns in Glasgow. Both men have been transferred by Scottish authorities to London Metropolitan Police.
Cell phones are thought to have played an integral part in the investigation because police found two handsets in the failed car bombs. The cell phones were rigged to detonate the bombs. Numbers found in the cell phones were then used by authorities to help round up the suspects.
Suspects arrested in the United Kingdom are being held in London's high-security prison Paddington Green.
The BBC also reports that Dr. Mohammed Asha, 26, who studied medicine in Amman, Jordan, in 2004, was arrested in England in connection with the investigation. Authorities also said that his wife, Marwah Dana Asha, 27, had been arrested, the BBC said.
Two more suspects, ages 28 and 25, were also arrested in Paisley near Glasgow. Both the men are believed to be of Saudi origin.
The British head of counterterrorism, Chief Peter Clarke, called this a fast-moving investigation with new information coming to light "hour by hour."
Ammu Kannampilly contributed to this report