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MI5 holds secret-services summit

BBC | September 1 2006

Security chiefs from 27 European states have met in London to be briefed on the suspected plot to bomb airliners.

Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, head of MI5, outlined the alleged plot's international context to the delegates.

The MI5 website said they also reviewed "the longer-term implications of the threat posed by this particular modus operandi of attack".

M15 and Finnish secret services jointly chaired the meeting of security heads - known as the Counter Terrorist Group.

The group was set up after the 11 September attacks on the US, and includes the 25 EU member states alongside Norway and Switzerland.

A statement on MI5's website said: "Heads of European security and intelligence services' counterterrorist units were briefed at a special Counter Terrorist Group meeting."

It said they were informed of "the international background and the lessons to be learnt from the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners".

"CTG partners had been kept up to date on progress since the wave of arrests on 10 August," the statement added.

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