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Monday, 17 September, 2001, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
UK police in attack manhunt
FBI outside Pentagon
The FBI has been combing the attack sites for clues
Anti-terrorist police in the UK are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hunt for suspected British-based associates of those responsible for the US attacks.

Scotland Yard officers are leading a nationwide operation to track down anyone involved in the atrocities.

At the request of the FBI, police raided an address in Brixton, south London, on Sunday, but no arrests were made.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alan Fry, the head of the Metropolitan Police's anti-terrorism branch, said he had offered his support to US authorities.

Public response

"We are working with law enforcement agencies in America and are offering every assistance with their investigation to track down those people who were responsible for this barbaric act," he said.

Alan Fry
Alan Fry: "Barbaric act"
"The anti-terrorist branch has already received a large number of calls from members of the public and we would thank them for coming forward."

Mr Fry's comments follow reports that supporters of terrorist groups linked to Osama Bin Laden are believed to be operating in Britain.

Newspapers have reported that at least three terrorist cells linked to the Saudi dissident are based in Britain.

UK police are also joining forces with their US counterparts to help identify British victims of the attacks.

Counselling support

Twenty family liaison officers are part of a team of 30 consular staff and 10 counsellors sent to the US.

They will assist their American colleagues, as well as provide support to the British families and friends of victims.

A counselling organisation, Cruse Bereavement Care, is to send 10 bereavement support volunteers to the US as part of the Foreign Office's team in New York assisting grieving families.

A group spokeswoman said: "The team is being led by Dr Colin Murray Parkes, President of Cruse, and an authority on traumatic bereavement and disaster."

The Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline is on 0870 167 1677.

Anyone with information about those involved in the US attacks is asked to contact the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.


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