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One of al Qaeda's top agents in Britain is allegedly among 12 men arrested in anti-terror raids across England, reports say.
The unnamed man was arrested as a result of intelligence gathered after a recent raid in Pakistan.
Armed Metropolitan Police officers swooped in Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree, at around 3.30pm yesterday as part of a nationwide operation.
A terrace house in Shakeshaft Street, Audley, Lower Audley Tyre Centre, Bennington Street, and houses in Greenhead Avenue, Little Harwood, and Whalley New Road, were searched by officers at 9.30pm.
A man who said he was related to the owner of the house in Audley, said: "My uncle owns the house but he is in Pakistan at the moment.
"There have been forensic officers in there and we have been told they are looking for explosives but they have been given the wrong information."
A police officer remained on duty outside the address today.
Scotland Yard would not say whether Abu Eisa was among those arrested during an operation on Tuesday, when 13 men were detained in a series of raids around the country, or had been held earlier. Police believe he is a key player in al-Qa'eda's European operation and security sources praised the role of Pakistan intelligence in his capture
Pakistan — Pakistan gave British authorities images of London's Heathrow Airport and other sites that were found on the computers of two Al Qaeda fugitives arrested last month, intelligence officials said Thursday.
Several news reports in Britain said one of the suspects arrested late Tuesday, variously identified as Abu Eisa al-Hindi or Abu Musa al-Hindi, was believed to be a senior member of Al Qaeda and had been plotting an attack on Heathrow
The British reports said al-Hindi, using the code name Bilal, had been in contact with Khan
A MAN caught up in a major anti-terrorism investigation today claimed he had been targeted because of where he had bought a new car tyre. Police have spent two days searching the Blackburn home of businessman Ayub Patel, 34, as part of a national operation. But today he claimed his family had been forced to endure the harrowing ordeal because he had visited a tyre centre at the centre of the inquiry three times in one day.
Suspects Junaid Feroze, of Malham Gardens, and Zamir Hussain, of Shakeshaft Street, were arrested by armed officers in Cherry Tree on Tuesday. Junaid's brother is the owner of Lower Audley Tyre Centre, which is one of five local premises searched by police.
A BUSINESSMAN today claimed police had failed to turn up anything after two days of searching his premises.
Lower Audley Tyres, in Blackburn, was one of five addresses raided this week as part of anti-terror investigations, but was open as usual today. Owner Javaid Feroze's brother Junaid, 28, and his friend Zamir Hussain, 24, were arrested in an anti-terror swoop by Metropolitan Police in Cherry Tree on Tuesday.
Junaid's home in Malham Gardens, Zamir's house in Shakeshaft Street, both Audley, and the Feroze family home in Whalley New Road were also searched.
Javaid said his business had had its image tarnished over the past two days. Police finally allowed him back into the premises at 12.30pm yesterday. He said: "All they took was a hard drive to my PC, one alloy wheel, one printer and one broken mobile phone.
"Many people have been very supportive and sympathetic towards me. The police have left the place in a real mess and they walked away with nothing. They damaged some locks, doors and even the coffee machine for some reason.
We have spoken to the solicitor representing my brother and he says Junaid is well, but hadn't been interviewed yet. That's all we know."
Ray Booth, a close friend of Javaid's and whose business is situated next to Lower Audley Tyres, said: "Javiad and his brothers are hard-working, honest people. "Javaid always puts others before himself and it is a pleasure to have known him for the past 15 years. He has friends from all backgrounds and is a highly-respected businessman."