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Alleged al-Qaeda plotter held in UK

2010-07-07 21:31

London - Police in Britain have arrested the alleged ringleader of an al-Qaeda bomb plot on a US extradition warrant.

The Metropolitan Police says 24-year-old Abid Naseer was detained on Wednesday in northeast England at the request of the US government.

He was among 12 people arrested last year in raids across northern England. All were released without charge, but authorities insisted they had thwarted a major al-Qaeda plot to conduct a bombing in the region.

In May a British judge labelled Naseer an al-Qaeda operative, but said he could not be deported to his native Pakistan because of the likelihood he would be mistreated.

Police say Naseer is wanted in the United States on charges of providing support to a foreign terrorist organisation and "conspiracy to use destructive force."