July 17, 2005

UK police arrest six under terrorism laws

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested six men in
northern England under anti-terrorism laws on Sunday but said
they were not directly linked to the July 7 bombings in London.

A police spokesman said the arrests were made under the
Terrorism Act 2000 in a suburb of the West Yorkshire town of
Leeds, where two of the London bombers lived.

"At this stage these arrests are not being linked to the
events in London," West Yorkshire Police said in a statement,
adding that officers were working closely with London police.

No more details of those arrested were released.

Four bombs on July 7 tore through London's transport
system, killing 55 people and injuring hundreds more.

In Egypt, police detained on Thursday a British-trained
biochemist, Magdy Elnashar, but the government said he was not
a member of al Qaeda and the media had drawn hasty conclusions.

The 33-year-old Egyptian was a researcher at Leeds
University, and police were searching his rented house in the
city. Elnashar has denied any links to the bombings.

Officers in London have been given until Tuesday to
question a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of "the
commission, instigation or preparation of acts of terrorism."

Three of the bombers were young British Muslims of
Pakistani origin, while the fourth was a Jamaican-born Briton.
Two of them were teenagers, one was 22 and the oldest 30.

In Pakistan, security forces have detained eight people
from Faisalabad, Lahore and the city of Gujranwala on suspicion
of links with another of the bombers.

British Home Secretary (interior minister) Charles Clarke
will tell parliament on Monday about planned new laws to target
anyone receiving or giving training in preparation for
terrorist acts and to outlaw those who glorify or encourage
such attacks.