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Ipswich men held in terror swoop

PUBLISHED: 16:13 05 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:46 02 March 2010

TWO IPSWICH men are being held in London by anti-terrorist police.

Suffolk Police swooped on an address in the Ipswich area on Friday afternoon as part of an investigation into false documents.

TWO IPSWICH men are being held in London by anti-terrorist police.

Suffolk Police swooped on an address in the Ipswich area on Friday afternoon as part of an investigation into false documents.

Two men, aged 38 and 39, were arrested. They were then arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service anti-terrorist officers at about 6pm on Saturday.

Both are being held at a central London police station under the 2000 Terrorism Act.

A warrant for their further detention was granted on Sunday by Bow Street Magistrates Court. Police will be able to question the pair until the warrant expires on Wednesday evening.

Details of the investigation were still sketchy as The Evening Star went to press, but it is understood the arrests were not linked to swoops across the south east which saw nine men arrested.

Spokeswomen from Suffolk Police and the Metropolitan Police refused to reveal any details into the operation.

The Met Police spokeswoman said she could not say what false documents the men were thought to hold, or what their national origins were.

No names were released.

But police have confirmed two houses and a vehicle have been searched in the Ipswich area.

Meanwhile police in London must today decide whether to continue questioning a man held in connection with a suspected terror attack.

Officers arrested the man, believed to be a 27-year-old teacher of Pakistani descent, in Maiden Lane, Crawley, on Thursday evening.

His custody time limit is due to expire this evening by which time detectives must either charge or release him, or apply to hold him for more time under the Terrorism Act.

Eight other men were arrested in connection with a suspected al Qaida bomb attack following a series of police raids on properties in London and the South East on Tuesday.

They are also being held at the high security Paddington Green police station in London, where officers have been granted leave to hold them until tomorrow.

Under anti-terrorism laws, police can apply for extensions to detain suspects for questioning for up to 14 days without charge.

The first eight arrested include Omar Khyam, 22, his brother Shujah Khyam, 19, and their cousin Ahmed Khan, 17, all from Crawley, West Sussex. Two other suspects, Jawad Akbar, and Waheed Mahoud, are also believed to be from Crawley.

The remaining three men arrested on Tuesday have been named as Anthony Garcia, also known as Rahman Adam, Azhar Shazad Khan and Nabeel Hussain.

More than 700 police officers were involved in Tuesday's arrests, which came as half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertiliser was seized from a west London self-storage unit. The material was capable of creating a bomb similar to the one used in the 2002 terror attack on Bali, police claim

In Canada, police confirmed that a man held on terrorism charges was linked to Tuesday's arrests.

Canadian software engineer Mohammad Momin Khawaja, 24, appeared in court accused of being involved in terrorist-related activity since November 2003 in Ottawa and "at or near the City of London, England," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Khawaja was the first person to be charged under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, which came into effect in December 2001. He made a brief appearance via videolink before the Ottawa court which set a bail date for Wednesday.


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