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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 03:45 GMT 04:45 UK
Terror suspect held on US warrant
Police officer standing guard
Two men are held in London; three in Leicester
A man being questioned in London in relation to the terrorist attacks in New York has now been arrested on an international warrant from the US.

Algerian pilot Lotfi Raissi, 27, was among four people arrested in the UK last Friday under anti-terrorism legislation.

On Friday Scotland Yard said he was now being held under the authority of the international warrant.

A spokeswoman for the force, which is working closely with the FBI, refused to elaborate on why an international arrest warrant had been requested.

Paddington Green police station in central London
Mr Raissi is being held at Paddington Green police station in central London

But she said Mr Raissi is due to appear at a central London magistrates court on Friday.

Mr Raissi's wife Sonia, 25, was also arrested last Friday, but released without charge on Tuesday evening.

His 29-year-old brother, Mohamed Raissi, of Hounslow, west London, has also been released without charge.

A third man, Abu Imard, 44, was still in custody on Friday morning - under the Terrorism Act 2000, police will have to either charge him or release him later in the day.

'Embassy attack'

Police in Leicester are also continuing to question three men under anti-terrorist legislation.

The men, one in his 20s and the others aged 29 and 35, were arrested at two houses in the city in connection with alleged plans to attack the US embassy in Paris.

It is thought their detention is linked to arrests elsewhere in Europe.

Seven others are already in custody in France for the alleged embassy plot, and France said a French national who escaped arrest last Friday was among the three arrested in Leicester.

Police are also questioning seven men who were detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 after being found hidden in a lorry at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

The men, understood to be six Iraqis and a German, were arrested in connection with illegal immigration offences.

Police said they were being held under the Terrorism Act because of where they were found.

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