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Police silent on 'bomb kit' report

Philip Johnston / London Telegraph | August 18 2006

Police investigating the alleged plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic have reportedly found a suitcase described last night as a potential ''bomb kit."

There was no confirmation from Scotland Yard of a BBC report suggesting the bag contained items that could be used to construct a device able to bring down a plane.

Detectives have been given another seven days to question 21 suspects arrested in London, the Midlands and in the Thames Valley. They have five days in which to detain a further two before applying for an extension. No one has been charged.

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Police have conducted dozens of searches of business and homes and have spent days combing King's Wood, near High Wycombe, Bucks, looking for evidence.

The BBC reported a source as saying that they had found a case which contained "everything you would need to make an improvised device".

Earlier this week, John Reid, the Home Secretary, said that police had reported the discovery of ''substantial material".

• A man, aged 47, and a woman, 44, both originally from Algeria, are being held under the Terrorism Act after being arrested at Holyhead, Anglesey in north Wales.

One of them arrived on a ferry from Dublin last Friday.

Clive Wolfendale, the deputy chief constable of North Wales, emphasised that the arrests were not directly linked to the alleged airports plot.

 

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