British authorities have arrested three men in connection with the July 7, 2005 London bombings that killed 52. Police say they have long suspected that others were involved in the attack besides the four suicide bombers. Two of the suspects were arrested at Manchester airport en route to Pakistan, while another was detained in a raid on a house in Leeds. (Madrid11, March 23)
The New York Times coverage of the arrests calls the 7-7 attacks “Britain’s worst peacetime atrocity.” The attacks came at a time when Britain had some 6,000 troops in Iraq and 1,000 in Afghanistan. An al-Qaeda communique in the wake of the attacks said they were revenge for British military “massacres” in Iraq and Afghanistan.