Al-Qaeda 'not far removed' from plot: Sarkozy

16th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Aug 16, 2006 (AFP) - Al-Qaeda appears to be "not far removed" from the alleged plot to blow up US-bound airliners from Britain, visiting French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said after talks in Britain.

LONDON, Aug 16, 2006 (AFP) - Al-Qaeda appears to be "not far removed" from the alleged plot to blow up US-bound airliners from Britain, visiting French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said after talks in Britain.

There is "a pile of elements that make one think that the nebulous Al-Qaeda is not far removed from what could have happened," Sarkozy said after talks with his British and German counterparts, John Reid and Wolfgang Schaeuble.

The United States on Tuesday refused to blame Al-Qaeda without proof, though a White House spokesman said, "It looks like something Al-Qaeda would do."

Sarkozy recalled that a "a heightened threat" of terrorist attack remained in France "even if at the moment we speak, there is no known link with what could have happened in Britain."

British authorities last Thursday arrested two dozen people, most of whom are British Muslims of Pakistani origin, in connection with an alleged plot to blow up US-bound airliners.

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