July 27, 2005

UK police arrest three women in bomb probe

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested three women on
Wednesday on suspicion of harboring offenders in a raid linked
to last week's failed attempt to bomb London's transport
system, a police spokeswoman said.

The women were held after an armed raid on a public housing
estate in the Stockwell area of south London, close to the
underground train station where a Brazilian man was mistakenly
shot dead by police as a suspected suicide bomber last week.

"The arrests are in connection with the ongoing
investigation into the attacks on July 21," the London police
spokeswoman said. She declined to give further details.

Witnesses told Reuters police armed with automatic weapons
and shotguns handcuffed the women before taking them away.

Earlier on Wednesday, police in central England arrested a
man they believe planted a bomb on a London train last week,
but warned three other suspects still at large could attack

The botched bombings on July 21 came two weeks after four
suicide bombers killed 52 people in three underground trains
and a bus. Police have linked the suicide bombers to al Qaeda.