Sixth man arrested in pope 'terror' alert: British police

17th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A sixth man was arrested Friday on suspicion of plotting "acts of terrorism" linked to the historic state visit of Pope Benedict XVI, British police said.

London's Metropolitan Police earlier arrested five street cleaners as part of the same investigation.

The sixth man, a 29-year-old, was arrested at around 1:45 pm (1245 GMT) by counter-terror officers "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism", the Metropolitan Police said.

The man was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 at residential premises in north London. He was taken to a central London police station to be interviewed by detectives.

Police said the arrest was connected to the five earlier arrests.

"Searches are being carried out under the Terrorism Act 2000 at a total of eight residential premises in north and east London and two business premises in central London," the Met said.

© 2010 AFP

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