British cops arrest man, make controlled explosion

April 18th, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by admin  

London, April 18 (IANS) The police carried out a controlled explosion in the city of Bristol, 200 km from London, early Friday morning following the arrest of a 19-year-old man on charges of terrorism. The Avon and Somerset police said some 30 people in a cul-de-sac in the Westbury-on-Trym area of the city were evacuated at 2 a.m. as the controlled explosion was carried out in the suspect’s home.

The suspect, said to be from the area, was being questioned by detectives at an undisclosed location.

Material from the blast was retrieved for analysis, the police said.

“During yesterday and overnight, Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been co-ordinating a number of covert inquiries,” said assistant chief constable Jackie Roberts.

“As a result, a 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon under the Terrorism Act, 2000. He has been taken to a police station within the force area and a warrant was executed to search his home in the Westbury-on-Trym area.”

“A number of people were evacuated from neighbouring homes as a precaution, and just after 2 a.m. this morning the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team conducted a controlled explosion at the location.”

“This is likely to be a prolonged, complex and sensitive inquiry which may take some time,” she added.

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