Terror attack suspect has expertise in making bombs

THE terror suspect critically ill in a hospital burns unit is an engineer with the skills to make the explosives used in the Glasgow and London attacks.

It has emerged that Kafeel Ahmed, who allegedly drove the Jeep into a Glasgow Airport terminal last Saturday, is a doctor of engineering, not medicine.

Police believe he may have made the two bombs found in vehicles in London, as well as the one in the foiled Glasgow attack.

Ahmed, 28, who was previously thought to be called Khalid, has a masters degree in aeronautical engineering and a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics, a highly specialised subject in which computers are used to simulate the flow of fluids and gases.

The bombs from London and Glasgow consisted of gas cylinders, petrol and a detonating system using mobile phones.

Ahmed was today reported to have left Bangalore, India, in May, telling his family that he was going to Britain to work on "a large-scale confidential project" about global warming.

The Times of India said he told family members: "It involves a lot of travelling. The project has to be started in the United Kingdom. Various people from various countries are involved in this."

It was also reported today that Dr Ahmed phoned his family in India last Saturday, the day after the foiled bombings in London.

He is reported to have told them: "My earlier presentation failed . . . please pray for me."

The other suspect from Glasgow Airport, Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah, 27, was due to appear before Westminster magistrates in London today, charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Abdullah was being charged under the 1883 Explosive Substances Act.

The 27-year-old, who was working as a doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, is the first person charged over the attacks and faces a maximum life sentence.

He was transferred from Scotland to London's Paddington Green police station for questioning this week.

Police are holding five other people in the UK and one in Australia as part of the inquiry.

In the wake of the attacks, the Muslim Council of Britain was today set to lay out ways in which it believes the threat of terrorism can be fought. Around 200 people, including Imams, community activists and police, are expected to attend the gathering at the Regent's Park mosque, north London.

In addition, around 4000 people were expected to take part in an anti-terror rally in Glasgow's George Square today.

The five other people held in the UK include two trainee doctors, aged 25 and 28, who were arrested at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The others detained are Dr Mohammed Asha, 26, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and his wife, Marwa Asha, who were arrested in Cheshire last Saturday, and a 26-year-old doctor from Bangalore, India, who worked at Halton Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire, and was arrested in Liverpool.

One other doctor was arrested in Australia - Dr Mohammed Haneef, 27, who once worked at the Halton Hospital in Runcorn.

• Edinburgh Airport has now re-opened its forecourt for the first time since Saturday's attack at Glasgow Airport.

As was the case before the incident, cars and other private vehicles can now access the outer forecourt area to drop off passengers.

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