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10 Pakistanis among 12 held in UK

London, April 9
Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer resigned today after a security blunder by him leaked some sensitive information about a surveillance operation against Al-Qaida suspects, forcing premature raids by police who arrested 12 people, including 10 Pakistanis.

Bob Quick, assistant commissioner in London's metropolitan police, had to leave his job after the covert operation was nearly uncovered when he walked to the Downing Street holding a document marked ‘Secret’ with highly sensitive details visible to photographers.

The officer, who was going for a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown when he was photographed, carried the document under his arm, revealing how many terrorist suspects were to be arrested across the north-west and in which cities.

The document also revealed that armed members of the Greater Manchester police would force entry to a number of addresses. The operation's secret code was at the head of the list of planned actions.

The leak forced police to carry out a major counter-terrorist operation against the Al-Qaida suspects at a short notice yesterday in which 12 people, including 10 born in Pakistan, were arrested.

Police in hundreds raided eight addresses in Manchester and Liverpool after the leak of the long covert surveillance operation involving Britain's internal intelligence service Mi5 and police from the north-west counter-terrorism unit. The suspects were planning to attack the Birdcage nightclub in Manchester city centre or the Trafford Centre shopping complex. PTI

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