May 24, 2006

British police arrest eight in anti-terror raids

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested eight people on
Wednesday in a major anti-terror operation involving 500
officers across the country.

"An extensive operation targeting individuals suspected of
facilitating terrorism abroad is under way," a spokesman for
police in Manchester, northern England, said.

"Officers have arrested eight people and searches are now
taking place. About 500 officers have been involved in the
action throughout the UK."

Britain has been on high alert since four suicide bombers
killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport
network on July 7 last year.

British police can detain terrorism suspects for up to 14
days before charging them.