Friday, September 17, 2010

"No Credible Threat" against Pope Benedict; 'Terrorist' suspects released

Five arrested in alleged terror plot (The Guardian):
Scotland Yard arrested five street cleaners today over an alleged terrorist threat to the pope.

The men were arrested by armed officers in central London at 5.45am on the second day of the pope's visit.

Sources say the men are believed to be Muslim and that some of them are Algerian. A spokesperson for Westminster city council said they were working for Veolia Environmental Services, a contractor which employs 650 on-street staff to keep Westminster's streets clean. The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50, were held under the Terrorism Act 2000 at business premises in the central London. They were taken to a nearby police station, where they will be interviewed by detectives.

An assessment of the intelligence judged it to be so severe that police needed to disrupt the alleged plot immediately.

A sixth conspirator was arrested at his home, later in the day (AP). Related Further updates at