UK police release al-Qaeda suspects

Twelve men arrested over an alleged bomb plot in Britain are released without charge.

    Police mounted the raids several hours ahead of schedule due to a security blunder [EPA]

    Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister, said at the time of the raids that police had foiled "a very big terrorist plot".

    Insufficient evidence

    The men, 10 of whom held student visas, were arrested in raids in Manchester, Liverpool and Clitheroe in Lancashire.

    But prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to justify holding them any longer or bring charges against them.

    Peter Fahy, chief constable for Greater Manchester police, defended the operation.

    He said: "We had a duty to act to protect the public and a subsequent duty to investigate what lay before us.

    "We don't take these decisions lightly and only carry out this kind of action if it is wholly justified."

    All but one of the suspects are expected to be deported on national security grounds.

    A lawyer for three of the men said they would fight to stay and continue their education in the UK.

    Mohammed Ayub said: "Our clients have no criminal history, they were here lawfully  on student visas and all were pursuing their studies and working part-time.

    "Our clients are neither extremists nor terrorists. Their arrest and detention has been a very serious breach of their human rights."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.