Posted Jul 03, 2007 01:47 am CDT
Defying the stereotype that those involved in terrorist acts are often uneducated, at least five doctors may be among the eight suspects now being held in an alleged plot to blow up cars in London and Glasgow, Scotland.
Only two of the suspects have been identified by authorities as physicians, but British media say at least another three are also doctors, reports AP.
ABC News says up to six of the suspects may be doctors with links to hospitals in the United Kingdom, and one suspect, who was arrested in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday, reportedly was a foreign doctor working at an Australian hospital.
Following the failed attacks this past weekend, authorities in the United Kingdom reportedly have been using amped-up stop-and-search powers and have put on a show of force at airports and train stations as the July 7 anniversary of the 2005 London transit system attacks nears. Meanwhile, as the July 4th Independence Day holiday approaches here in the United States, authorities also have increased security in and around airports, according to news accounts.
If many of the suspects in the current case do prove to be physicians, that will represent a new approach to such crimes, according to Reuters. Relying on security experts, the news service points out that “previous assaults, including an attack on London’s transport system in July 2005 which killed 52 people, have tended to involve radicalized, British-born Muslims, not educated attackers from overseas.”