UK police arrest three suspected in 2005 London transit bombings

[JURIST] British police arrested three men [press release] on Thursday in connection with the London transit bombings [JURIST news archive; BBC News timeline] on July 7, 2005 that killed 56 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 700 others. Two suspects were detained at Manchester Airport while catching a plane to Pakistan, and the third was arrested at his home. According to police, the detainees were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 [text] on suspicion of committing, instigating, or preparing acts of terrorism and will be held and interrogated.

These were the first significant arrests in the bombings case. No one has ever been charged. Al Qaeda officially claimed responsibility for the attacks on September 1, 2005, in a videotape which aired on al Jazeera TV. In 2005, some bombing suspects detained in Greece alleged they were tortured, prompting the British Intelligence and Security Committee and the Greek Ministry of Justice [JURIST reports] to launch investigations. BBC News has more.

 

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