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Police set free man nabbed in terror raid

GREATER Manchester police said yesterday they had released one of 12 people arrested on suspicion of planning a major terror plot.

A police spokeswoman said the 18-year-old has been handed over to the UK border agency for questioning about his immigration status.

The other 11 suspects arrested in a series of raids in northern England three days ago were still in custody and being questioned, according to the spokeswoman.

British officials have not released details about the reported terror plot, which Prime Minister Gordon Brown said was "very big."

Brown spoke with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari by telephone about the plot, but no details of the discussions have been released.

The British media has suggested the plot might have been set to begin as early as this Easter holiday weekend.

The remaining suspects range in age from 22 to 41. Most are Pakistani nationals in Britain on student visas.

Opposition leaders are calling for a crackdown on the visa system, which allows in tens of thousands of foreigners each year.

Police teams have searched at least 10 sites in the northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester in a quest for evidence about the terror plot.

The raids were brought forward after anti-terrorism chief, Bob Quick, was photographed carrying secret documents about the planned anti-terrorism operation. He resigned after his blunder.


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