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Iraqi-trained UK doctor first charged in Glasgow airport attack

[JURIST] Bilal Abdulla, the driver of the burning vehicle involved in last weekend's attack on the Glasgow International Airport [AP report; JURIST report], appeared in court Saturday to face conspiracy to cause explosion charges for his alleged role in the failed bombing and the foiled terror plots in London. Abdulla, an Iraqi-trained doctor born in Britain, is the the first person to be charged in the plot and one of seven suspects detained in the United Kingdom. Another suspect has been detained in Australia in connection with the terror plots.

On Friday, UK Crown Prosecution Service [official website] counter terrorism division head Susan Hemming indicated that there was sufficient evidence to charge Abdulla. Another participant in the alleged terror attack is currently under guard in a hospital due to self-inflicted burns. Reuters has more. AFP has additional coverage.

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