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Terror Suspects Linked To National Health

From a shocked BBC NEWS:


Mohammed Jamil Asha holding his baby boy Anas, with his mother in law Eslah, and his wife Marwa Da’na.

Terror suspects all linked to NHS

Eight people arrested in connection with failed car bombings in Glasgow and London all have links with the National Health Service, the BBC has learned.

Seven are believed to be doctors or medical students, while one formerly worked as a laboratory technician.

Australian media have identified a man arrested at Brisbane airport as Dr Mohammed Haneef, 27.

Two men have been arrested in Blackburn under terror laws but police have not confirmed a link with the car bombs.

The pair were detained on an industrial estate and are being held at a police station in Lancashire on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Dr Haneef, who formerly worked in Cheshire, was detained while trying to board a plane to India. A second doctor is also being interviewed in Australia.

Seven doctors or medical students have been arrested in England, Scotland and Australia in connection with the attacks. All worked in NHS hospitals.

Marwah Dana Asha, 27, who was arrested on the M6, is thought to have worked as a lab technician at an NHS hospital in Shrewsbury.

She was arrested with her husband, Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, who worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust…

Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4 has been evacuated because of a suspect package. All departures and arrivals have been cancelled.

Controlled explosions have been carried out on a car at a Glasgow mosque and at a station in Hammersmith, west London.

British Transport Police said explosives experts performed a controlled explosion on three fire extinguishers left on a pavement outside Hammersmith Tube station, which serves the District and Piccadilly lines.

Three explosions were also carried out on the car in Glasgow as a precaution, but Strathclyde Police said there had been “absolutely no specific information” regarding a threat…

The man detained at Brisbane airport was an Indian national who had been trying to return to India with a one-way ticket, he added.

Australian authorities said police had executed search warrants at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, eastern Queensland – where the detained doctor worked as a registrar – and at other locations.

They said the detained man and the doctor being interviewed by police had both been based in Liverpool before coming to work in Australia.

Dr Haneef is known to have previously worked at Halton Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire.

The general secretary of Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Muhammed Abdul Bari, told a press conference those who sought to kill or maim innocent people were “enemies of all of Muslims and non-Muslims”.

He reiterated the government’s view that it was “unacceptable to hold any one faith group or any community as being somehow collectively responsible for the actions of the few“…

NHS trusts are required to carry out checks on doctors they employ, including for General Medical Council registration, identification, passport credentials and criminal records.

Sian Thomas, deputy director of NHS Employers, which represents health trusts, said she wanted to reassure the public there were “thorough and robust checks” in place…

And of course every article from the BBC has to come with a warning to the militant Christians:

He reiterated the government’s view that it was “unacceptable to hold any one faith group or any community as being somehow collectively responsible for the actions of the few”…

We need to remember these formulations the next time affirmative action or reparations are mentioned.

By the way, the last time we heard from the oh so level-headed Dr (ahem) Bari he was outraged at the knighthood of Salman Rushdie:

Extremism fears over Rushdie honour

Press Association
Friday June 22, 2007 3:58 PM

… “Muslims can only see this action as an attempt to create deep offence to Muslims and divert their attention from contributing to community cohesion in these challenging times,” said secretary-general Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari.

“This ill-advised decision approved by the Prime Minister should not divert you from your course of peaceful protest in the face of this deliberate provocation.

“We should not allow the situation to be inflamed in any way or exploited by unsavoury groups so as to bring our community and our noble faith into disrepute.”

Dr Abdul Bari calls on Muslims to employ peaceful protests including writing to MPs and councillors and, where possible, confronting them at their surgeries [district offices]…

Testify, Mr. Religion of Peace.

(I mean, Doctor.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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