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Friday, 28 December, 2001, 18:26 GMT
Shoe bomb 'came from Netherlands'
Richard Reid
Mr Reid may have bought explosives in Amsterdam
Dutch authorities are investigating reports that Richard Reid, the British man accused of trying to detonate a bomb hidden in his shoe on a flight from Paris to Miami, bought the alleged explosives in Amsterdam.

Vincent van Steen, a spokesman for the Dutch secret service, said investigators were looking into the reports and that it was "very probable" Mr Reid had been in the Dutch capital recently.

I would doubt very seriously he did it by himself

US Congressman John Mica

Mr Reid is reported to have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he bought explosives in Amsterdam for $1,500 and that he found the sellers via the internet.

Mr Reid appeared in court in Boston for a second time on Friday morning, where a judge ordered that he continue to be held in custody.

In his first court appearance on Monday, Mr Reid was charged with endangering the passengers and crew on the American Airlines flight last weekend.

Material in his shoes is reported to have been tested and shown signs of the presence of PETN, used to make the plastic explosive Semtex.

Worldwide hunt

Investigators around the world have been trying to trace Mr Reid's recent movements, and to link him with terrorist groups.

So far the Israeli airline El Al has confirmed Mr Reid was in the country in July, while US media reports say that captured fighters from Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda organisation recognised him as someone they had seen in Afghanistan.

A US congressman who has been briefed on the investigation said the alleged bomb's sophistication suggested Mr Reid had help.

"I would doubt very seriously he did it by himself," said John Mica, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee.

Zacarias Moussaoui
Moussaoui: Worshipped at same Brixton mosque

And Abdul Haqq Baker, the chairman of the south London mosque which the suspect attended some years ago, says he doubts Mr Reid could have acted alone.

Zacarias Moussaoui - the only person so far charged in connection with the 11 September terror attacks in the US - worshipped at the same mosque in Brixton.

Israeli checks

Many other leads are being followed.

US forces who are questioning al-Qaeda members captured in Afghanistan are reported to have shown them photographs of Mr Reid.

Prisoners are said to have recognised the suspected bomber as having trained at camps there.

Dutch agents are investigating reports that Reid visited Amsterdam

Mr Reid is also known to have flown to Israel, on the country's national carrier El Al, in July.

An airline spokesman told the BBC that he aroused suspicion when he checked in.

His shoes and belongings were thoroughly checked, before he was allowed to board the flight.

Israeli press reports said he had spent a week in Israel and then left for Egypt from Palestinian-administered Gaza.

Mother's statement

Mr Reid's mother, Lesley Hughes, who lives in England, issued a statement through a lawyer saying she knew of the matter.

"As any mother would be, she is deeply shocked and concerned about the allegations made against her son, but has no further comment to make," the statement read.

The BBC's George Eykyn
"Mr Reid's mother... said she is deeply shocked at the allegations"
Reid's mother Lesley Hughes
"I am deeply shocked and concerned about the allegations made against my son"
The BBC's Clinton Rodgers in Frome, Somerset
"The neighbours know very little about the family"
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