12 Busted in Terror Raids in England, Wales

Pre-dawn raids believed to have foiled attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2010 7:20 AM CST
12 Busted in Terror Raids in England, Wales
Police say the raids weren't connected to the investigation into the Stockholm suicide bomber, who was radicalized while living in Britain.    (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

Police believe a series of pre-dawn raids in England and Wales this morning may have foiled a major terrorist plot. Twelve men were arrested in Birmingham, Cardiff, London, and Stoke-on-Trent as part of what police described as a "large scale, pre-planned and intelligence-led operation," the Guardian reports.

Police say the men were arrested on suspicion of the "preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK"; their homes are still being searched. The men are believed to have been plotting a bomb attack and the proximity of Christmas appears to have been a factor in the raids, the country's biggest counter-terror sweep since 11 men were arrested in April 2009. A number of the men, who are between the ages of 17 and 28, are Bangladeshi. (More Britain stories.)

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