Police say Glasgow attack linked to London events

Firemen attend Glasgow Airport after a car crashed into the terminal building and exploded in flames, Glasgow, June 30, 2007. REUTERS/Stewart Attwood/Sunday Herald

LONDON (Reuters) - The attack on Glasgow’s airport on Saturday using a four-wheel-drive vehicle was linked to the foiled car-bomb plot in London, Scottish police said.

“I can confirm that we believe the incident at Glasgow airport is linked to the events in London yesterday,” Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Willie Rae told reporters.

“There are clearly similarities and we can confirm that this is being treated as a terrorist incident.”

Rae said that one of two suspects detained after the attack and taken to hospital with severe burns had been found to be carrying a “suspect device”, but did not elaborate.

He said the device, which he would not confirm was a suicide belt, was found on the man’s body. The suspect was in critical condition, he said.

“When he was being treated at the hospital a suspect device was found at the hospital ... as a consequence of that the hospital was partly evacuated until this device was removed and put into a safe area.”

He said Strathclyde police would be working closely with London’s Metropolitan police in the days ahead as they investigated the ties between the twin car-bomb plot uncovered in London early on Friday and the Glasgow incident.