June 30, 2007
A burning car was rammed into the terminal building of Glasgow Airport in Scotland on Saturday, heightening terrorism fears with the UK already on alert over the discovery of two cars loaded with explosive materials in London.
The incident has been declared a terrorist attack by officials, and hours after the apparent attack, Britain raised its security alert to "critical". That security level is the highest level possible and an indication that terrorist attacks are imminent.
Security officials have linked the attack on Glasgow Airport to Friday's thwarted plot to bomb central London.
Police and witnesses described an SUV-style vehicle in flames being driven at 30mph towards the building.
Two people were arrested at the scene and one of the suspects remained in the hospital with severe burns, police said in a statement. Authorities also reported some injuries at the scene of the crash.
Images showed black smoke and flames rising from the vehicle just outside the building.
Witnesses said the car crashed into security barriers protecting an entrance to the airport's international arrivals terminal. A witness said that a man had fled from the car as it struck the building and been immediately wrestled to the ground by police.
"The jeep is completely on fire and it exploded not long after. It exploded at the entrance to the terminal," one witness, Stephen Clarkson, told the BBC.
"It may have been an explosion of petrol in the tank because it was not a massive explosion."
Airport authorities said the airport, Scotland's busiest, was evacuated, closed, and all flights were suspended.
Due to the attack Saturday and the attempted car bombings in London, airport security has been increased in London and the United States.