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UK arrests 12 over terror plot

12-21-2010 08:42 BJT

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British police have detained 12 men, suspected of plotting a large-scale terror attack on targets inside the country. They say the arrests were not part of any planned holiday season attacks.

This is Britain's largest anti-militant sweep in the past two years. Monday's raid is thought to be linked only to UK targets rather than other European countries. The men were arrested in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

Counter-terrorism officials say the men are aged between 17 and 28 and the police had scouted them for several weeks.

John Yates, Senior Officer of British Counter-Terrorism Police, said, "I am unable to go into any detail as I do not wish to say anything that may prejudice any future legal proceedings. However, what I would say is this, that with the current threat level in the UK at severe and with the information we had, I believe today's arrests were absolutely necessary in order to keep the public safe."

It's reported that police were unarmed when they swooped in on the men's houses. No details have been given as to whether explosives or arms were found. Police have up to 28 days to question the suspects before they must be charged or released.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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