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Terror suspects have NHS links

3rd July 2007

The BBC reports that the eight people arrested in association with the attempted car bombs in Glasgow and London are linked to the NHS.


Seven of the group - arrested within Scotland, England and Australia - are understood to be doctors or medical students. One has worked previously within the health service as a lab technician.

A man detained at Brisbane Airport has been named as Dr Mohammed Haneef, 27, who held a position at Halton Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire. He was attempting to catch a flight to India. Another doctor is also being questioned by police in Australia in connection with the attacks.

The man hospitalised following the car bomb attack on Glasgow airport on 30 June has been identified as Khalid Ahmed, who is thought to work as a doctor. He suffered burns and is said to be in a "critical condition."

Sabeel Ahmed, 26, held by police in Liverpool, had also undergone training to be a doctor.

Marwah Dana Asha, 27, detained by police on the M6, is believed to have held a position as a lab technician at a hospital in Shrewsbury. Her husband, Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, was employed by North Staffordshire NHS Trust's University Hospital.

The attempted bombings have caused widespread security measures and travel disruption. Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport was closed on 1 July, following a security alert, although it has since reopened.

Six of the group are now detained at Paddington Green police station.

Sian Thomas, deputy director of NHS Employers, said that the public should know there were "thorough and robust checks" made prior to doctors' employment within the health service.

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Article Information

Title: Terror suspects have NHS links
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3340
Date Added: 3rd Jul 2007


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