British police have arrested 10
people in and around the northern city of Manchester for suspected terrorist
Manchester police say the arrests of nine men and one woman were made in a series
restaurant cordoned off
According to a police statement, the 10 suspects are being held on suspicion
of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Officers say the suspects include people of North African and Iraqi Kurd
The Manchester Assistant Chief Constable David Whatton told British television
the arrests are part of ongoing anti-terrorist investigations.
"We have never had such a high level of threat of terrorism in the United
Kingdom since some time before Christmas now, and this is just part of the
work that is ongoing to make sure that we keep the country safe," said Mr.
He said six men and a woman were arrested by Greater Manchester police, while
police departments in three nearby counties each arrested one man in their
Local media say one of the properties raided was an apartment situated above
a Kurdish-owned take-out restaurant in central Manchester.
in front of premises
Some reports say the arrests could be linked to a plot to blow up a Manchester
shopping center, but police were making no comment.
Three-weeks ago, anti-terror police arrested eight men in and around London
and one man in Canada in a suspected bomb-making plot. London police also seized
half-a-ton of fertilizer that could have been made into explosives.
Six of the men have been charged with explosives or terrorist-related violations,
and three have been released.