3 questioned in 2005 London transit bombings
By TARIQ PANJA Associated Press Writer
It was the first major development in the investigation in months, but detectives insisted exhaustive work has continued quietly for the last two years.
Two men were arrested Thursday as they attempted to board a flight to Islamabad, Pakistan, while the third was arrested in Leeds in northern England.
All three men were arrested on suspicion of committing, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism. "We need to know who else, apart from the bombers, knew what they were planning. Did anyone encourage them? Did anyone help them with money, or accommodation?" a police statement said.
A government account of the attacks released last year said it was unclear whether others in Britain had radicalized or incited the group, and that it was not known if al-Qaida figures, or others, had assisted in planning the bombing.
None of the men arrested Thursday have been identified. The two arrested at Manchester Airport were 23 and 30; the third arrested in Leeds was 26.
Following the July 7th bomb attacks, Counter Terrorism Police increased security checking of passengers and their luggage as security alerts have increased around London.(AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)
No one has ever been charged over the July 7, 2005, attack, which targeted three subway cars and a
bus, killing 52 people and wounding around 700. They were the first suicide bombings on European soil.
Only two other men have been arrested in the case, in 2005—one of them was released without charge and the other was charged with wasting the time of police.
Associated Press Writer David Stringer in London contributed to this report
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