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UK ricin find: Four remanded

The flat in north London where traces of ricin were found
The flat in north London where traces of ricin were found

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LONDON, England -- Four suspected terrorists have been remanded in custody charged in connection with an alleged plot to use the deadly poison ricin.

The four -- Mouloud Feddag, Samir Feddag, Mustapha Taleb and a 17-year-old who can not be named for legal reasons -- were remanded when they appeared at Bow Street magistrates court in central London on Monday. They are due to appear at the Old Bailey on January 17.

The four were charged on Saturday under the UK's Terrorism Act 2000 with "possessing articles of value to a terrorist" and involvement in developing or producing "chemical weapons" under the Chemical Weapons Act 1996.

Meanwhile six more people are believed to have been arrested by anti-terrorism police in connection with the discovery of traces of the toxin.

The five men and a woman were arrested by officers from the Anti Terrorist branch on Sunday in Bournemouth, Dorset, on England's south coast.

London's Metropolitan Police refused to confirm reports that the arrests were in connection to the discovery traces of the deadly poison ricin in a raid on a London flat last week.

However, CNN's Nic Robertson said there were "strong hints" that the arrests were connected.

A police spokesman said only that five men and a woman had been arrested in Bournemouth in connection with "an ongoing investigation."

Officers have been searching premises in the Bournemouth area. No chemical material has been found at those premises.

The six are being held in custody in Bournemouth under the Terrorism Act, 2000.

The four remanded in court on Monday were part of a group of seven North African's arrested last week, Scotland Yard said.

A fifth man, Nasreddine Fekhhadji, was charged with two offences of possessing false documents under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

He was also due to appear at Bow Street Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A sixth man, whom police have not named, was not charged under the Terrorism Act but is been questioned for alleged possession of drugs and immigration matters.

A seventh man has been released into the custody of the Immigration Service.

British anti-terror investigators arrested six men last Sunday in a flat in the Wood Green area of north London.

A seventh man was arrested on Tuesday. A woman also among those initially detained was released.



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