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Thursday, 4 October, 2001, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
'Holy war' website shut down
firing range
The site offered weapons instruction to young Muslims
A London-based website offering young Muslims the chance to train for holy wars abroad has been removed from the internet.

Internet service provider Freeserve has confirmed that the website of Sakina Security Ltd is no longer available.

The website had offered the "ultimate Jihad challenge" which allows young Muslims to go to a live firing range in the US for weapons instruction.

Anti-terrorist police are investigating links between the company and a 43-year-old man being held in custody at a central London police station.

He was one of two men arrested separately by Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist officers in the capital on Monday.

Police have until Thursday to release or charge him with an offence.

FBI monitoring

The Sakina website had also offered training in hand-to-hand combat, including "the art of bone breaking", as well as instruction on how to "improvise explosive devices" in live operations.

It asked visitors to donate money for the "liberation" of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to a London-based account of the Woolwich bank.

It also carried a link to a "Jihad in Chechnya" site showing dead Russian soldiers.

Scotland Yard and the FBI are understood to have been monitoring the activities of Sakina Security Ltd for at least 18 months.

However it is not known who was behind the decision to shut down the website.

Other arrests

The 43-year-old man being questioned was arrested after detectives raided an address on an estate in Kidbrooke, south east London.

It is reported he had worked at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London as a kitchen assistant.

The man is also being questioned over whether he has raised funds for banned extremist group Islamic Jihad.

A 24-year-old man, who was arrested by anti-terrorist officers as he boarded a Eurostar train at Waterloo Station in London on Monday afternoon, was released on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said.

He had been arrested in connection with possible documentation offences.

Immigration service

Elsewhere Sussex Police say a man arrested on Friday at Gatwick Airport under anti-terrorist legislation has been released without charge.

He is now in the hands of the immigration authorities.

The man was arrested at the airport while travelling from the Middle East to the US on an itinerary similar to that used by some of the terrorists.

In Leicester three men were arrested over the past week under anti-terrorist legislation.

They were detained and questioned over possible links to planned attacks on US targets in Europe, reportedly including a suicide helicopter assault on the US embassy in Paris.

Two have now been handed over to the immigration service.

A third was returned to France where he is waiting to appear before a court.

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