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Brown death threat: terror suspect arrested
London, Aug 26 (Agencies):
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Published on 27 Aug. 2008 12:18 AM IST
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Detectives investigating an alleged threat to kill the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, have arrested a 25-year-old man. The man, who is believed to be white, was held at an address in Blackburn, Lancs, on suspicion of committing offences under the Terrorism Act 2006. A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said the suspect was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation also involving Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit. He is the fourth person from the town to be held for terror offences in the last two weeks. Two men were detained at Manchester airport as they prepared to leave the country and a third, the brother of one of the men, was arrested in Accrington, where he worked as a security guard. Anti-terrorism sources have indicated that the arrests related to a statement on an Arabic language website, al-ekhlaas.net, which often carries messages from senior members of al-Qaeda. The message, in English, appeared briefly in January and demanded the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the release of radical clerics from Belmarsh prison in south-east London. It said if there was no co-operation "al-Qaeda in Britain will target all the political leaders especially Tony Blair and Gordan (sic) Brown". However, no plot was in place. Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, Divisional Commander for Eastern Division of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "This is a very sensitive time for all our communities and we are working hard to ensure everyone is kept up to date with as much information as we can give. "We will endeavour to carry out any searches as quickly as possible to minimise impact on the area concerned. However, inquiries of this nature are complex and may take time to resolve."

 
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