Three men arrested over July 7 bombings

By Richard Holt and agencies


Three men have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005.

The wreckage of the bus in Tavistock Square which killed 13 passengers

Two men, aged 23 and 30, were arrested shortly before 1pm at Manchester Airport when they were due to catch a flight to Pakistan.

A third man, aged 26, was arrested at a house in Leeds shortly after 4pm.

They are the first significant arrests in connection with the bombings, in which 52 innocent people were killed along with four suicide attackers.

The men were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000 by Scotland Yard officers from the force's Counter Terrorism Command.

They are being taken to a central London police station, thought to be the high security Paddington Green station, where they will be kept in custody and will be interviewed by anti-terror officers.

Searches are being carried out at five houses in the Leeds area and at a flat and business premises in east London.

Police have always maintained that the four suicide bombers who died in the attacks did not act alone.