Australian police have detained an eighth suspect in the failed car bombing plots in London and Glasgow, Scotland.
Australian authorities, acting on information provided by British officials, apprehended the 27-year-old Indian national, Muhammad Hannif at Brisbane airport late Monday as he tried to leave the country on a one-way ticket.
British authorities say the doctor moved to Brisbane last year, after working at the same hospital in Britain as another suspect now in British custody. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said police also are interviewing a second physician in Brisbane.
British police have identified four of the eight suspects in custody on Tuesday as medical doctors, including physicians from India, Iraq and Jordan. Additionally, police in northwestern England detained two people in a truck delivering gas canisters. No charges have been filed and it is not clear whether that police action is linked to the attacks.
The massive British police operation was launched Friday, after two unexploded car bombs were found in the entertainment district of central London. The vehicles were packed with gas canisters, gasoline and nails. On Saturday, two suspects were arrested after crashing a vehicle into the main entrance of Glasgow's airport.
The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the failed car bombings. In a statement, the Council said "those who seek to deliberately kill or maim innocent civilians are the enemies of all of us."
In other developments, British officials say a bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion today on a car parked outside a mosque in Glasgow. It is not clear whether the development is linked to Saturday's bombing attempt in the city. Separately, police in London evacuated a terminal at Heathrow airport. No further details were released.