12 men ar­rested over sus­pected UK ter­ror­ism plot

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LONDON: Bri­tish an­titer­ror­ism po­lice said Mon­day they ar­rested 12 men in early morn­ing raids on three cities to pro­tect the pub­lic amid fears of a hol­i­day sea­son ter­ror­ism plot.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Yates, the U.K. 's lead po­lice of­fi­cer for coun­tert­er­ror­ism, said the sus­pects were de­tained in London, in the cen­tral English city of Stoke-onTrent and in Cardiff, Wales.

The ar­rests fol­low sev­eral weeks of sur­veil­lance and are not be­lieved to be linked to other re­cent plots against Europe or the re­cent bomb­ing in Swe­den.

"The op­er­a­tion is in its early stages so we are un­able to go into de­tail at this time about the sus­pected of­fenses," Yates said in a state­ment. "How­ever, I be­lieve it was nec­es­sary at this time to take ac­tion in or­der to en­sure pub­lic safety."

Po­lice said 11 of the sus­pects were ar­rested at or close to their homes at around 5 a.m., while the re­main­ing man was de­tained at a prop­erty in the cen­tral Eng­land city of Birm­ing­ham. Five of the ar­rested men are from Cardiff, four from Stoke-on-Trent and three from London, of­fi­cers said.

Of­fi­cers said the sus­pects range in age from 17 to 28 and will be ques­tioned on sus­pi­cion of com­mis­sion­ing, pre­par­ing or in­sti­gat­ing acts of ter­ror­ism.

The ar­rests are the most high pro­file anti-ter­ror raids in Bri­tain since April 2009, when 12 men were de­tained in north­ern cities over an al­leged plot to bomb a shop­ping cen­ter in Manch­ester. -Ap

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