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|#1 Posted on 30.3.04 0719.07 |
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| Although no mention is made here, BBC is reporting all 8 are British Citizens of Pakistani descent.|
LONDON - Police arrested eight men Tuesday and seized half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be used to make bombs, in anti-terror raids in and near London, the capital's Metropolitan Police force said.
All the suspects were British and were arrested as part of an operation targeting alleged international terrorist activity, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said. He added that the operation was not connected to the Madrid train bombs earlier this month or Irish republican terrorism.
Ammonium nitrate is a common fertilizer, but it can be mixed with fuel oil to make a powerful explosive. It was used in the Oct. 12, 2002 blast in Bali that killed 192 people, mostly Western tourists.
Clarke said 700 police officers took part in the early morning raids which targeted residences and business properties. The ammonium nitrate was recovered from a self-storage facility in west London, but there was no danger to people in the area, he said.
The men, aged 17-32, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Two suspects were arrested in Uxbridge, also in west London, and three in Crawley, south of the capital. One was detained in Ilford, east London, another in Slough, west of London, and another in Horley, south of the capital.
Uxbridge and Slough are near Heathrow airport, while Crawley and Horley are near Gatwick airport.
Officers conducted a total 24 searches that also targeted addresses in Reading, Luton and north London.
"The threat from terrorism remains very real," Clarke said. "The public must remain watchful and alert."
Clarke gave no details of the religious affiliation of the suspects, but he told reporters: "As we have said on many occasions in the past, we in the police service know that the overwhelming majority of the Muslim community are law abiding and completely reject all forms of violence. We have a responsibility to all communities to investigate suspected terrorist activity."
Ammonium nitrate was used to make a bomb in a van which was parked near the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 15. It was defused before it could explode.
The substance was also used in a suicide bomb attack in which an explosives-laden truck was detonated outside a British bank in Istanbul, Turkey in November.
In years past, the Irish Republican Army (news - web sites) used ammonium nitrate in attacks in London and in Northern Ireland. Ammonium nitrate was also used in the bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City which killed more than 160 people on April 19, 1995.
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|AIM: || ||#2 Posted on 30.3.04 1158.58 |
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| Well we always had terror men in the UK. Most paid for by the USA and Libya. We had our stuff bombed before but no-one really cared, did it make USA news? Cos now its different innit? Not really but they see it as so man. I'm glad I live here on IoM as a Manx man. We r gonna get hit at some point but as we always do we get on with our lives and not stop the world and want to get off. At least the police are trying to help us all out here but it not bee enough. |
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| "Well we always had terror men in the UK. Most paid for by the USA and Libya."|
huh? Could you explain? Or, are you one of those whack jobs that claims that the US pays the UK upwards of 30 billion a year to keep the monarchy, so the US can claim a greater cultural linage. If so, don't bother.
"We had our stuff bombed before but no-one really cared, did it make USA news? Cos now its different innit?"
Ten, fifteen years ago, yes, it did make the news. Now, it's much different. If Armageddon were to hit at 10 o'clock, I'm sure most Americans last moments would be spent watching Britney Spears shopping for shoes.
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Originally posted by ScottLadd
Well we always had terror men in the UK. Most paid for by the USA and Libya. We had our stuff bombed before but no-one really cared, did it make USA news? Cos now its different innit? Not really but they see it as so man. I'm glad I live here on IoM as a Manx man. We r gonna get hit at some point but as we always do we get on with our lives and not stop the world and want to get off. At least the police are trying to help us all out here but it not bee enough.
Do the people from the Isle of Man write in English? Or is it some kind of Pidgin like this?
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