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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Anti-terrorist police given more time
Paddington Green police station
Two suspects are believed to be at Paddington Green police station
Anti-terrorist police in London have been given until Friday to continue questioning two men about the terror attacks in the US.

Officers were granted a 48-hour extension by Bow Street magistrates court in central London on Wednesday afternoon.

By the end of this period they will have reached the end of the maximum time they are allowed to question the suspects without charge.

Lotfi Raissi, 27, was arrested at his home in Colnbrook, Berkshire, on Friday. The second man was arrested in Birmingham on the same day.


Mr Raissi's wife Sonia, 25, was also arrested but released without charge shortly after 2000 BST on Tuesday.

A fourth suspect, Mohamed Raissi, 29, was released without charge over the weekend.

The two men are being held at a police station in central London, understood to be the high security Paddington Green.

Three men arrested in Leicester on Tuesday are still being questioned in connection with alleged plans to attack the US embassy in Paris.


A terraced house in Rolleston Street, where one of the men was arrested, was still cordoned off on Wednesday while forensic experts searched the top flat.

In nearby Prospect Hill another terraced property, where the other two men were arrested, stood empty with a police patrol guarding the front door.

Britain, along with other European countries, is continuing investigations into the hijackers responsible for the US terror attacks, their possible associates and their sources of funding.


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said that some of the estimated 19 hijackers visited Britain before heading to the US to carry out the terrorist attacks.

Belgian police arrested two men and seized a huge store of chemicals from their Brussels flat.

The police raid, which took place last Thursday night but was only revealed on Saturday, has been linked by the Belgian prosecutor's office to the earlier arrest of two suspected Islamic militants.

Seven people have been arrested in France. German police have arrested one man and issued photographs of two others wanted for questioning.

The FBI has arrested at least 50 people in the US in connection with the attacks.

The BBC's Susanna Reid
"Police have already gone to magistrates for one extension"
The BBC's Caroline Thomsett
"Up to 100 names have been passed on to British intelligence officers"
The BBC's Sean Brickell at Scotland Yard
"Investigations are ongoing"
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