Raids conducted at dawn on Saturday have netted ten men who are now being held in custody, suspected of having planned follow up strikes to the July 7
bombings on the London transit system. It is believed that multiple car bombings were planned against targets across England using conventional
explosives. The suspects planned to drive cars packed with the bombs into crowded metropolitan areas. A British official has told the media that the
men held are suspected of having links to Zarqawi, the mysterious Al Qeada operator believed to be behind the recent hostage beheadings in Iraq
Police said they were not linked to the deadly July 7 blasts, nor the failed July 21 repeat, on the British capital's transport network.
The Sunday Times today said they were thought to be planning multiple car bombings against targets across the country, using conventional explosives
packed into cars and driven into crowded city centres.
The newspaper also said they were linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the frontman in Iraq of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network.
The News of the World said they posed an imminent threat and were plotting another strike on London.
"Things have changed since July 7. There was no way with the intelligence we had that we could let these people carry on doing the sort of thing we
think they were planning to do."
The newspaper quoted the official as saying: "They may have been preparing to help jihadists go to Iraq."
A senior security source told the News of the World: "The threat was imminent and we had to take action quickly.
"The group had come up on our radar after we became suspicious of behaviour and movements and they were put under surveillance.
"We suspect they were planning another terror strike on London and we felt these men posed a danger to the lives of people living in the capital.
"These arrests have serious worldwide implications. We're working in a time where terrorism is now a global problem."
Three men were arrested in Croydon, a suburb south of London, while seven were arrested in central English cities: four in Wolverhampton and three in
The arrests were made under the section of the Terrorism Act 2000 relating to suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of
"There are ongoing searches at all three addresses and it is likely that these will continue for some time," the spokesman said.
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The problem is for English officials that terror groups have historically formed cells totally ignorant to the activities of the other cells. So
there is possibly more cells out there and more possible bombings.
[edit on 9-10-2005 by Mayet]