UK Home Office: terror investigation top priority, two more arrested in Scotland

UK Home Office: terror investigation top priority, two more arrested in Scotland

[JURIST] On Monday, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official website] told the British Parliament [official website] that investigating last week's terror incidents in London and at the Glasgow International Airport [official website] are the government's top priority [press release], and confirmed that two additional suspects from the Glasgow area have been arrested [press release]. Police reported that the new arrests, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act [text], were of two men aged 28- and 25-years-old. AP reported that the men are both doctors of Middle Eastern origin. The brother of one of the men told AP in Jordan that the arrest is "nonsense" because the man "has no terror connections" and is "not a fanatic." The arrests mean that a total of seven people are in police custody, including one under armed guard while being treated for serious burns at a Glasgow area hospital.

Police and investigators have been moving quickly [JURIST report] following Friday's discovery of two cars rigged to explode in London [press statement and recorded video] . A source in Glasgow who rented an apartment to one of the suspects told the AP that police contacted him Saturday morning, only 10 minutes before the airport incident [Sky News report]. With the exception of the heavily burned suspect, the airport attack resulted in only a few minor injuries. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.

4:53 PM ET – AP is reporting that an eighth suspect has now been arrested [AP report].