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Glasgow Airport attack man dies
Kafeel Ahmed
Kafeel Ahmed was an engineer with a PhD

A badly burned man detained after the suspected terror attack at Glasgow Airport has died in a Glasgow hospital.

Kafeel Ahmed was one of two men held at the airport after a Jeep struck the terminal and burst into flames.

The 27-year-old, from Bangalore, India, had suffered burns to 90% of his body when he was arrested.

The second man in the vehicle - Iraqi doctor Bilal Talal Samad Abdullah - has since been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.

The circumstances surrounding the death have been reported to the procurator fiscal.

Armed guard

The man died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Thursday evening. He had been transferred to the specialist burns unit there from the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley.

He was being kept under armed guard and had been described by health officials as being in a critical condition.

Contrary to earlier reports, Ahmed was not a medic but an engineer with a PhD in design and technology.

Images of Ahmed being detained at Glasgow Airport have been shown around the world.

Passengers used their cameras and mobile phones to record how an off-duty policeman used a fire extinguisher to try to save the terror suspect after he drove a second-hand Jeep packed with propane gas canisters into a doorway.

Airport scene
The airport incident took place on 30 June

Ahmed studied at Queen's University in Belfast where he completed a post-graduate course in aeronautical engineering in 2001.

He stayed in the city for a further three years as a research assistant.

Ahmed studied for his PhD in the department of design and technology at Anglia Polytechnic University (now called Anglia Ruskin University) in Cambridge.

The incident at Glasgow Airport has resulted in Bilal Talal Samad Abdullah being charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.

Ahmed's brother Dr Sabeel Ahmed, who was arrested near Liverpool's Lime Street station on 30 June, has also been charged under the Terrorism Act.

The 26-year-old is accused of not disclosing information that could have helped police arrest a suspected terrorist.

Another doctor has also been charged in connection with the Glasgow attack and the two earlier failed car bombings in London.




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