August 29, 2006

UK charges 13th suspect in airline bomb plot probe

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Tuesday charged a
suspect arrested during a probe of an alleged plot to blow up
U.S.-bound airliners with conspiracy to murder, they said.

Nabeel Hussain, 22, is the 13th person charged in
connection with the plot and the ninth to face the most serious
charges of conspiracy to murder and planning acts of terrorism.

Hussain was accused -- as were the other eight suspects --
of plotting to smuggle parts of home-made bombs on to planes,
then build the bombs and detonate them.

Hussain is due to appear at a magistrates' court in London
on Wednesday morning.

Seven people remain in custody who have not so far been
charged. Detectives have until Wednesday evening to question

According to news reports, Nabeel Hussain is the brother of
Umair Hussain and Mehran Hussain, who have both been charged
with failing to disclose information that could have prevented
a terrorist attack.

British police announced on August 10 they had thwarted a
plot to blow up several U.S.-bound airliners over the Atlantic
by smuggling liquid explosives onto flights.

The charges come 13 months after four British Islamist
suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 other people at rush
hour on public transport in London.