major police operation is under
way on the UK's transport system, with officers
on a precautionary high alert.
The effort to reassure the public and deter would-be
attackers saw the rail system's "largest
ever deployment", British Transport Police
Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair warned it was
possible "that those at large will strike
again", or that another cell could do so.Nine
men have been held by anti-terror police in Tooting,
night three women were held in Stockwell, a few
miles away, on suspicion of harbouring offenders.
And as police
questioned 21 July suspect Yasin Hassan Omar following
his arrest in Birmingham, the search for the other
three suspects continued, with a new picture of
one of the men released.
Police said the high alert was not in response
to specific information.
It was called
exactly one week after the failed 21 July attacks
and three weeks after the 7 July bombings, in
which 56 people died. Stations
and trains were being patrolled by officers, although
BTP would not say how many were involved.
Sir Ian Blair
said he was confident the bombers would be caught,
but the failure of the 21 July attacks did not
mean a weakening of their capability or resolve."This
is not the B team, these were not the amateurs,
they only made one mistake and we're very, very
lucky," he said. "The
carnage that would have occurred, had those bombs
gone off, would have at least been equivalent
to those on 7 July."
in Tooting involved raids on two addresses early
on Thursday, Scotland Yard said.
Six men were held at the first address and three
at the second. Searches were being carried out
at both locations but police sources said no explosives
had been found. All
nine men were arrested under the Terrorism Act
2000 and taken to a central London police station
for questioning. It
is not thought that any of the suspected bombers
is among them. The
three women were arrested at about 1800 BST (1700
GMT) on Wednesday, after a raid at a flat at Blair
House, close to Stockwell station in south London.
of the suspected 21 July attackers to be held,
Yasin Hassan Omar, was arrested in Heybarnes Road,
in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, at 0430
BST on Wednesday.
is suspected of the attempted bombing of a Victoria
Line train, near Warren Street and was taken to
London's high-security Paddington Green police
station for questioning. Police
hope the new picture of the suspected Shepherd's
Bush attacker on a 220 bus, which is clearer than
that previously available, will help to identify
him. He boarded
the bus in Shepherd's Bush at about 1320 BST and
got off in Wandsworth at 1407 BST. The
earlier image of the suspect showed him at Westbourne
Park Tube station, wearing a short-sleeved dark
blue England football shirt and dark trousers.
previously named Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27 - also
known as Muktar Mohammed Said - as a suspect from
the attempted bomb on the Number 26 bus in Hackney.
trying to identify a man who carried out an attempted
bombing at Oval.
All journeys started between 12:20 and 12:25.
Times approx. OVAL:
Man boards northbound Northern Line train
at Stockwell and tries to set off bomb between
Stockwell and Oval, where he leaves the
train. He is chased out of the station at
1235 BST, but escapes towards Brixton.
HACKNEY: Man, identified
by police as Muktar Said Ibrahim - or Muktar
Mohammed Said - also sets off from Stockwell.
Boards Number 26 bus at 1253 at Bank. Police
believe he was carrying bomb in a grey and
black rucksack, and tried to detonate bomb
while on board. Gets off in Hackney Road,
near junction with Columbia Road, at 1306.
Man who police believe is Yasin Hassan Omar
boards Tube train at Stockwell carrying
a purple rucksack that they say contained
a bomb. Later tries to set off bomb on a
northbound Victoria Line train between Oxford
Circus and Warren Street, detectives say.
Seen without rucksack at 1240 in Warren
Street Station before running towards exit
and vaulting over ticket barriers.
BUSH: Man wearing dark blue baseball cap
and carrying small rucksack enters Westbourne
Park Tube station and gets a train travelling
towards Shepherd's Bush on Hammersmith &
City Line. Tries to set off bomb at 1225
before escaping, probably through window
at the end of the carriage, and running
along the tracks.
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