The suspect, Yassin Omar, is one of the men accused of trying to blow up the London underground on July 21, 2005, just two weeks after four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people on July 7. The court in London heard details of Omar's arrest and was shown video footage of 26-year-old Omar arriving at Birmingham bus station the day after the attempted bombings took place.
For fear of arrest, the 6'2" Omar had disguised himself by wearing a black burqa, of the type worn by some Muslim women. It covered his entire face and body; he was also carrying a woman's purse.
Some commentators have expressed surprise that the officers didn't kill Yasin Omar.
This incident is yet another reason why the wearing of the Burqa is not simply a question of religious freedom.