View Full Version : UK police: 14 held in terror swoop

09-02-2006, 05:02 AM
With all these arrests, it seems as though the UK is becoming, or already is quite a breeding ground for terrorism.

Originally posted by CNN - September 2 2006
UK police: 14 held in terror swoop

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Fourteen men were arrested Friday and Saturday in anti-terrorism raids in south and east London during a "pre -planned intelligence-led operation," a statement from Scotland Yard said.

Officers from the MPS anti-terrorism branch arrested the men after months of surveillance on suspicion of the "commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism," the statement said.

They are being held in a central London police station under the Terrorism Act 2000.

The statement said the 14 arrests were not linked to earlier arrests of more than 20 people in connection with an alleged plot by a group of British Muslims to blow up U.S.-bound airliners using liquid explosives...

...Police arrested 25 people in raids on August 9-10 in an alleged plot to bomb as many as 10 planes flying from Britain to America. Fifteen of those have since been charged, five have been released and five are being held without charge.

Peter Clarke, head of Metropolitan Police anti-terror efforts, said police and intelligence agents were now attempting to track thousands of people believed to be directly or indirectly involved in terrorism, according to comments made public Friday, The Associated Press reports.

The threat from homegrown terrorism was increasing in Britain, he told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast on September 3, an advance transcript said.

"What we've learnt since 9/11 is that the threat is not something that's simply coming from overseas into the United Kingdom," Clarke said.

"What we've learned, and what we've seen all too graphically and all too murderously, is that we have a threat which is being generated here within the United Kingdom."Go to UK police: 14 held in terror swoop (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/09/02/uk.arrests/index.html) to read the entire article.