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UK police expand raids

Police in northern England expanded their search of sites with ties to suspected terrorists yesterday - two days after arresting a dozen people in connection with an alleged plot.

By midday yesterday, police said they had searched 10 sites around the cities of Liverpool and Manchester where 12 people were arrested on Wednesday.

Nearly all of those arrested are Pakistani nationals who came to Britain on student visas.

Police can hold them without charge for up to 28 days under Britain's anti-terror laws.

The police raids had to be brought forward after Britain's anti-terrorism chief, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, was photographed carrying clearly visible secret documents about the planned anti-terrorism operation. Quick was pressured into resigning on Thursday.

While police continued to gather evidence, they declined to describe specifics about the alleged terrorist plot, which Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Thursday was "very big."


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