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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Anti-terrorist police continue school search

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LONDON (Reuters) - Police continued to search an Islamic school on Sunday after 14 men were arrested in anti-terrorism raids in London, a spokesman said.

A police source said the operation focussed on the suspected training and recruitment of terrorists, while newspapers said security services were probing "terrorist training camps".

Twelve of the men were held at a packed Chinese restaurant as part of a "pre-planned, intelligence-led operation" that followed months of surveillance.

The men, suspected of "the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism", remain in custody at a central London police station.

Dozens of police were searching the Jameah Islameah Islamic school in the East Sussex countryside in southern England.

The report said the London arrests were linked to a possible plot to bomb a London landmark.

Those behind the supposed conspiracy hoped to "outdo" the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transport network which killed 52 commuters, the paper said, citing an unnamed security source.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper said security services fear young British Muslims are being trained to carry out suicide bombings, possibly at train stations and shopping centres.

Police said in February they had uncovered evidence of training camps, while other reports have spoken of militants going for adventure training to forge closer ties. Next

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