UK and France announce anti-terror measures

25th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 25 (AFP) - Britain and France are to co-operate more closely on anti-terrorism following the London bombings, exchanging names of suspected Islamic extremists and other information, the countries' prime ministers said Monday.

LONDON, July 25 (AFP) - Britain and France are to co-operate more closely on anti-terrorism following the London bombings, exchanging names of suspected Islamic extremists and other information, the countries' prime ministers said Monday.

"I think there was a great deal of common ground both in how we analyse and perceive this problem and also how we can best deal with it," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said following talks with French counterpart Dominique de Villepin.

The world was facing "difficult times", the French prime minister told a joint press conference at Downing Street with Blair.

France stood together with Britain following the July 7 London bombings in which 56 people died, and a botched follow up attack last Thursday, he added.

"I want to express to you, Tony, and to all the British people, the solidarity and the friendship of the French people," Villepin told reporters.

One part of the co-operation would be to "exchange the names of people we believe, in either of our countries, have been trying to incite or foment this type of extremism," Blair said.

Additionally, telecommunications records would be kept for longer and the countries would swap data on protecting vulnerable targets such as public transport and on combating radicalisation among young Muslims

British police are desperately hunting for four men -- two of whom they named on Monday -- suspected of trying to blow up three London subway trains and a bus on Thursday.

The men fled after their rucksack-carried bombs appeared to not detonate fully, causing no injuries.

"There will be people who know information about those that have participated or we believed have participated in this attack...," Blair said.

"There will be people who know something. It's part of our duty in order to protect our country that people come forward and give the police the information that they can," he said.

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