Suspects arrested at British nuclear plant released

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police said Wednesday they had released five men arrested under anti-terrorism legislation near a nuclear plant earlier this week, adding that they had not been charged.

The men, who were of Bangladeshi origin but lived in London, were arrested in a vehicle near the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, northwest England, on Monday afternoon.

"Five men arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act have today, Wednesday 4 May 2011, been released without charge," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

Section 41 gives a police officer the right to arrest without a warrant anyone "whom he reasonably suspects to be a terrorist".

The arrests took place amid heightened security following the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan, although police said they were not connected to his death.

© 2011 AFP

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