Thursday 23 November 2017

Terror suspect quizzed

Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

A BRITISH man with a Somali background was being interrogated at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport last night after he was arrested on suspicion of terrorist activity.

The man had completed the first leg of a flight from Liverpool's John Lennon Airport to East Africa and was aboard the plane ready to take off for the second leg.

Dutch military police acted on a tip-off from British counter-terrorism officials, sources said, but it was unclear why the man had been allowed to leave the UK.

Britain has introduced a new "watch list" system in the wake of the failed attempt to blow up an airliner as it came in to land at Detroit, US, on Christmas Day.

But it has two levels, the second of which does not ban flying. Somalia has become a focus of counter-terrorism operations by MI5.

Jonathan Evans, its director general, said last week that it was "only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets" fuelled by links to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al-Qa'ida. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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