12 men ar­rested in sus­pected UK ter­ror­ism plot

Dayton Daily News - - OBITUARIES - By Pais­ley Dodds As­so­ci­ated Press

LONDON — In the biggest anti-ter­ror­ist sweep in nearly two years, Bri­tish po­lice on Mon­day net­ted a dozen men ac­cused of plot­ting a large-scale ter­ror at­tack on tar­gets in­side the United King­dom.

The raid was thought to be linked to UK tar­gets only and not part of a larger threat to other Euro­pean coun­tries, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice who swooped in on the men’s houses early in the morn­ing were un­armed, sug­gest­ing any planned at­tack was not im­mi­nent and the sus­pects were not be­lieved armed. Po­lice were heav­ily crit­i­cized in 2006 when they shot an un­armed sus­pect in a sim­i­lar coun­tert­er­ror­ism raid. Only a frac­tion of Bri­tain’s po­lice of­fi­cers are armed.

The men were ar­rested in London, the Welsh city of Cardiff and the English cities of Birm­ing­ham and Stoke-on-Trent, and the raid was the largest since April 2009, when 12 men were de­tained over an al­leged al-Qaida bomb plot in the city of Manch­ester.

Coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cials de­clined to give more de­tails of the al­leged plot, say­ing only that the men had been un­der sur­veil­lance for sev­eral weeks — an in­di­ca­tion that the plot could have been in its plan­ning stages. No de­tails were given as to whether ex­plo­sives or arms were found.

“The op­er­a­tion is in its early stages so we are un­able to go into de­tail at this time,” said John Yates, Bri­tain’s se­nior coun­tert­er­ror­ism po­lice of­fi­cer.

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