About an hour later, the car containing the second device was ticketed for illegal parking, and an hour after that, transported to the car pound at Park Lane. Staff noticed a strong smell of petrol, and reported the vehicle to police when they heard about the first device.
The cars and their devices were recovered intact for forensic examination and both were found to contain petrol cans, gas canisters and a quantity of nails, with a mobile phone-based trigger.
Although this event coincided with the appointment of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister two days earlier, Downing Street dismissed suggestions of a connection, although a close link was quickly established to the attack at Glasgow Airport the following day.
|29 June 2007|
|01:25||London Ambulance Service crew report seeing smoke in a car parked in Haymarket. Eyewitnesses claim to have seen the car being driven "erratically" and then crashing into bins, after which the driver got out and ran off.|
|02:00||Metropolitan Police officers investigate the vehicle and cordon off the area.|
|02:30||A second car is found illegally parked in Cockspur Street, near Trafalgar Square.|
|03:30||The second car is taken to a car pound in Park Lane. Police manually disable a device in the first car.|
|04:00||A witness sees the police removing gas canisters from the car.|
|08:00||Piccadilly Circus Underground station is closed.|
|10:25||The car is taken from Haymarket and sent to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's research site at Fort Halstead in Kent.|
|10:30||The COBR committee meets to discuss the issue. Piccadilly Circus Underground station is reopened.|
|14:30||Park Lane is closed off after a second suspect vehicle is discovered in an underground car park.|
|15:45||A police bomb investigation robot is seen near the entrance to the car park.|
|17:00||Police cordon off Fleet Street after finding a third suspicious vehicle.|
|18:00||Fleet Street re-opens after nothing is found in the vehicle.|
|19:00||Police confirm that a second device has been located at the Park Lane site.|
|20:45||Police confirm that both vehicles were packed with nails, petrol and gas cylinders.|
The vehicle has been reported to have contained 60 litres of petrol, gas cylinders, and nails. Scotland Yard has reported that while the gas contained in the canisters and the quantity of the canisters remains unknown, they do not wish to increase speculation and that further details will be given after they have been analysed by forensic experts. The head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command said, "It is obvious that if the device had detonated there could have been serious injury or loss of life." However, the device could not have detonated, because it lacked an oxidizer, according to a columnist for The Register (UK). This information may have originated from an interview of former CIA counter-terrorism officer Larry Johnson, conducted by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC on 29 June.
A 27-year-old doctor from India, Mohammed Haneef was arrested at Brisbane Airport in Australia on 2 July in connection with the bombings in the UK. He was arrested while trying to board a flight with a one way ticket to Bangalore, India, apparently to visit his newly born daughter. The arrest followed information received from the UK. As the case against him collapsed, Dr. Haneef was released with all charges dropped. A second doctor was detained at the Gold Coast Hospital by police on 3 July 2007 and was later released.
Office workers, students and tourists were still enjoying a Friday night out in London only hours after the discovery of the bombs. Bars and clubs remained open and London mayor Ken Livingstone urged the capital's communities to work together to defeat the terrorism threat.
Security at Wimbledon was increased as a result of the incident. Whitehall sources later stated that "international elements" were believed to be involved with the bomb. Police claim to have a "crystal clear" picture of the driver of the first car and suspect he may be an individual formerly detained in relation to the case of convicted terrorist Dhiren Barot. Barot was connected to an earlier "limousine bomb" plot, which also involved cars packed with propane gas cylinders. One senior law enforcement official called the event a "terror plot involving Islamic extremists."
CBS News has reported that a message appeared on the widely used jihadist Internet forum Al-Hesbah at 08:09, June 28 2007, stating: "Today I say: Rejoice, by Allah, London shall be bombed." The message went on to mention the recently announced knighthood of Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
The following day, in another incident, a Jeep Cherokee was set on fire and driven into the main departure terminal of Glasgow International Airport causing minor damage. Two men, believed to be of Asian appearance, were arrested at the scene. One, who had been on fire, was taken to a nearby hospital and the other to a police station. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that the attack is being treated as a terrorist attack and that the United Kingdom terrorism threat level has been elevated from "Severe" to "Critical", meaning "further attacks are expected imminently". In a press conference Glasgow police said this attack and the car bombs in London are believed to be linked.. The BBC reported that a mobile phone found after the arrest of the Glasgow suspects contained the numbers of those involved in the London bombing attempts. The Metropolitan Police say this is the first evidence they have linking the events.
In the United States White House press secretary Tony Snow said "There is no specific or credible evidence of any threat of any kind against the United States of America." Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said there were no immediate plans to raise the U.S. national threat level, now at yellow, or elevated. In New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police would work extra hours in more locations. The police department increased patrols at high profile tourist areas such as Times Square, as well as the subways. Officers were told to give extra attention to parking garages and any suspicious vehicles. After the Glasgow attack patrols were increased at some airports.
At approximately 21:30 on 30 June, officers of the Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police arrested two people at junction 16 on the northbound M6 motorway near Sandbach in south Cheshire, blocking the motorway for about 40 minutes.
On July 4 a suicide note was found that police said belonged to two of the suspects.
On December 18, gallantry awards for two of the police officers involved in defusing the devices were gazetted. Paul Humphrey received the Queen's Gallantry Medal (the third highest such medal in the UK honours system), and Gary Anthony Wright received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.
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