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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Terror raid could 'damage trust'
Dr Bari with police at Forest Gate
Muhammad Abdul Bari (l) called for clarity from police
Trust between the Muslim community and police could be damaged in the wake of a terror raid in east London, a leading Muslim has warned.

Police are questioning two brothers, one of whom was shot during the raid, on suspicion of terrorism involvement.

Muslim Council of Britain leader Muhammad Abdul Bari urged police to give a "clear picture" of the raid.

Officers have said they had "no choice" but to carry out the Forest Gate raid after getting "specific intelligence".

Mohammed Abdulkahar, 23, was treated in hospital for a wounded shoulder after the raid on Friday morning.

He was then transferred to Paddington Green high security police station, but it was only on Monday afternoon that doctors said he had recovered enough for questioning.

Police are questioning both brothers about involvement in planning or carrying out terrorism acts.

The danger is the trust between the community and the police may be broken
Muhammad Abdul Bari, Muslim Council of Britain

His brother, 20-year-old Abul Koyair, is also being held on suspicion of being involved in a terrorist plot. Both men deny any involvement.

Police expect to ask magistrates on Wednesday for permission to continue holding the two suspects for up to 14 days.

Dr Bari, who was recently elected as head of the MCB, visited Forest Gate to listen to the "evident concerns" of Muslims in the area.

"The danger is the trust between the community and the police may be broken. The community feels very vulnerable."

He said this was a "crucial time" for the Muslim community.

'No choice'

"People want to know what exactly happened and about the intelligence - is it genuine information, is it flawed - these are the questions police have to answer as soon as possible."

Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman said they had "no choice" but to carry out the raid.

Police said "specific intelligence" prompted them to raid the house, looking for a chemical device - which they have yet to find, although documents and computers have been removed for analysis.

They said the search of the terraced house in Lansdown Road could continue until the end of the week.

Dr Bari said the search should be speeded up because "three or four days' frustration, confusion and anger in the community is not good".

"Trust could be an issue. Trust could break down if things are not clarified as soon as possible."

A former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Paul Lever, said police had to act on information they received.

Dilemma

"Intelligence virtually never gives you 100% confidence or certainty.

"It gives you perhaps grounds for suspicion and in the circumstances that sadly we're now in, the penalty of not taking action if you have some grounds for suspicion is potentially horrendous and that's the dilemma that the security service and the police face," he said.

Mr Abdulkahar's solicitor Kate Roxburgh has said her client was shot by an officer at close range as he came down a flight of stairs.

The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mr Koyair's solicitor, Julian Young, said his client had already been questioned three times, but no specific allegation had been put to him.




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