LONDON (Reuters) -- British police are working with Canadian
authorities after a software developer was charged in Ottawa with
aiding a "terrorist group" in Britain and Canada, a spokeswoman said
Mohammed Momin Khawaja, a 29-year-old
Canadian with Pakistani parents, was arrested at work on Monday by
Canadian police who accuse him of "knowingly facilitating a
terrorist activity" in Ottawa and London.
Details of his arrest and charge came as
British police were given three more days to quiz eight men arrested
in London and southeast England in dawn raids on Tuesday in
Britain's biggest anti-terror operation since the September 11
attacks in 2001.
"We are aware of the developments in Canada
and are liaising with the Canadian authorities," a spokeswoman for
London's Metropolitan police said, without giving further details.
She declined to comment on whether British
officers had flown to Canada to work with police there.
Canadian police would not say whether
Khawaja's arrest was linked to the British swoop in which officers
found half a tonof ammonium nitrate fertilizer -- prime bomb-making
"I have no details about the investigation,"
Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told reporters on
London's police chief openly says he believes
an attack on the city is inevitable. Britain has been on high alert
since the September 11 suicide plane attacks on New York and
With banner headlines such as "Truck bombers
of suburbia," British newspapers have been packed with speculation
since the arrests about a possible target -- from airports to
suburban shopping malls and including Arsenal football ground in
Some of the suspects were arrested near
Heathrow and Gatwick airports but there was no evidence to indicate
any possible target, police sources said.
The eight, who police sources say are Muslims
of Pakistani origin, were arrested on suspicion of preparing to
carry out acts of terrorism and are being held at a central London
They can be held until late Saturday
afternoon, although under UK anti-terror laws police can apply for a
In a separate development, Italian police
arrested several people suspected of "international terrorism" in
central Italy, police there said on Thursday.