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Terror arrests across Europe

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LEICESTER, England (CNN) -- Arrests are being made across Europe in the wake of the U.S. suicide bombings.

In Spain, police arrested six suspected associates of Osama bin Laden, the man Washington blames for the U.S. hijack attacks.

Ten people were detained in Britain under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

In Leicester, England, police arrested three people under anti-terrorism laws.

French authorities say one is a French citizen of North African ancestry wanted by authorities in connection with planned attacks on U.S. interests in France.

A source close to the investigation in Paris told French television station TF1 that the suspect's name was Kamel Daoudi -- he was believed to have fled Paris when seven suspected Islamic terrorists were rounded up there last week.

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He and the other two men arrested in Leicester were linked to the arrests in France and others in Belgium and Holland.

Those arrested in France are suspected of being connected to a suspected Osama bin Laden associate who confessed to a plot to attack US interests in Europe after he was detained getting on a plane in Dubai in July.

Seven men were arrested on Wednesday after several stowaways were discovered in a lorry outside RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, a large military airfield home to U.S. Air Force fighter-bombers.

Police were called to the base shortly before midday and found six foreign nationals concealed in a lorry at the base gate.

One German and six Iraqi men were arrested, police said. They were arrested in relation to offences concerning illegal immigration but also because of the nature of their discovery they were also held under anti-terrorism laws.

The Madrid Interior Ministry confirmed the Spanish arrests -- the first in the country in connection with bin Laden since the September 11 strikes -- had taken place in various provincial towns in Spain.

The government said the six belonged to an Algerian Islamic cell called the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, which is on the list of 27 terror-related entities whose assets were frozen by the Bush administration.

Spanish police seized fake identity documents and computer material. They also seized airplane tickets for Spain to Algeria and for Spain to France.

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The six arrested Algerians were involved in acquiring and shipping optical, communications and computer equipment to militant groups in Algeria, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

They were also suspected of credit card fraud that allowed them to finance their activities, the statement added.

The government said the six people arrested were part of a network operating in Europe, which receives financial support from bin Laden and training in his camps in Afghanistan.

The six comprised a terrorist cell, the government said, that was "directly related," with two people detained recently -- Tunisian Nizar Trabelsi, who was arrested earlier this month in Belgium, and Jermoe Courtellier, alias "Selkman," who was arrested in Holland.

These two are alleged to belong to a group which planned attacks against U.S. objectives in Europe.

The man arrested in England linked to the French case was said to be one of eight suspects counter-intelligence officers sought to round up in France on Friday. Police in France are continuing to question the remaining seven and they have not yet been charged.

In the same investigation, four people were detained in Paris on Tuesday.

According to French authorities, the U.S. Embassy in Paris was among the possible targets.

In another case, British authorities Wednesday granted police an extension to hold two men detained last Friday. Police are questioning the two, being held in London, about the terror attacks in the United States. Another extension can be sought on Friday.



 
 
 
 


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