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Italy and UK make anti-terror arrests

Italy and UK make anti-terror arrests
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Italian and British police have arrested ten men, suspected of being members of an al-Qaeda militant group, wanted in connection with attacks in Tunisia and Algeria this year.

The operations targeted the al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb, who claimed they carried out bomb attacks in Algiers in April which killed 33 people.

Police say nine Tunisians were detained in Milan – in North London, police arrested 46 year old man Habib Ignaoua on a warrant issued in Italy.

The group had changed its name in January, according to some experts, to position itself as the North African arm of Osama bin Laden’s network.

Among those on the wanted list is Essid Sami Ben Khemais, who was just about to be freed after serving a six and a half year prison sentence.

He was not released.

Some security sources feared that changing the name of the organisation would coincide with attempts to spread its network into Europe.