Nine people arrested in a suspected al Qaeda terror plot are to be deported from Britain, but will not face charges. Twelve people, eleven Pakistanis and one Briton, were arrested in northwestern England two weeks ago. One of them is already awaiting deportation by the UK Border Agency; two other suspects remain under investigation.
They were all arrested in connection with what Prime Minister Gordon Brown described as “a very big terrorist plot,” and reports at the time said police feared a large attack was in its final stages of preparation. The arrests were carried out hurriedly, after a blunder by the UK’s then-most senior counter-terrorism officer. Bob Quick was pictured arriving at Downing Street holding details of the operation. Some media were able to read parts of the plan, threatening its security. Quick resigned the next day.