British Pakistani freed after terror probe
20 October, 2013
LONDON: British police said on Saturday they had released one of four men arrested during a dramatic counter-terrorism operation in London a week ago.
The 29-year-old man, a Briton of Pakistani origin, had been held during a string of raids last Sunday that included armed officers shooting out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London.
"Three men remain in custody," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement, adding that the fourth man has been released without charge. They include two 25-year-old Britons, one of whom is of Turkish origin and the other of Algerian descent.
They were arrested on Sunday evening after police shot at their car with Hatton rounds – special shotgun ammunition used to breach doors and tyres – 200 metres from the Tower of London, one of London's busiest tourist attractions.
The third suspect is a 28-year-old Briton of Azerbaijani origin who was shown on the CCTV footage being wrestled to the ground by police. The three remaining suspects were continued to be held at a south London police station on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.