Six held in Britain over pope visit alert freed: police

19th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

British police freed six men without charge after they were arrested on suspicion of preparing a "terrorist" attack linked to the state visit of Pope Benedict XVI, Scotland Yard said Sunday.

"Six men who were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on Friday, 17 September, were all released without charge late on Saturday night and early this morning (Sunday)," it said in a statement.

Counter-terrorism police in London had swooped at dawn on Friday to detain five men aged between 26 and 50 who worked as street cleaning contractors in central London, while a sixth man was arrested later the same day.

© 2010 AFP

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