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    Default Liverpool flat [Edge Hill] at centre of Al-Qaeda bomb factory hunt

    A CRUMBLING city flat was today at the centre of a search for a suspected Al-Qaeda bomb factory.

    Officers were yesterday seen moving boxes and bags out of the block in Highgate Street, Edge Hill.

    When anti-terror police raided the property late on Wednesday afternoon, following the arrest of a student at John Moores University, residents were evacuated from the road and made to wait behind a cordon.

    A cordon remained around the block of flats today.


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    No-one was inside when it was stormed by police.

    Officers made arrests at other properties in Earle Road, also Edge Hill, and Cedar Grove, Toxteth, as well as outside the JMU library.

    The five men picked up during Operation Pathway were today still in police custody. It is believed they have been split up and taken to police stations in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, joining seven other men arrested in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

    Police revealed 11 of the 12 men are Pakistani nationals in Britain on student visas. The last is a British man. They are aged from their late teens to early 40s.

    Speculation was mounting today over a possible plot to blow up Easter shoppers, although Whitehall security sources told the ECHO Liverpool was not a likely target.

    The men were reportedly watched by undercover officers as they took pictures and filmed themselves at high-profile shopping and leisure locations in and around Manchester.

    It is thought they were seen outside the Trafford Centre, Manchester?s Arndale Centre and a Manchester nightclub.

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    Be hoped the check the Williamson Tunnels underneath for hidden bombs!

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    Do u think Joesph Williamson was a member of Al-Qaeda on the sly?
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    Well, he was rather secretive

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    ANTI-terror police were today searching a second address in a Liverpool block of flats.

    The flats on Highgate Street, Edge Hill, have been sealed off since being raided on Wednesday night as police look for a suspected Al-Qaeda bomb factory.

    Their efforts were initially concentrated on one flat inside the crumbling building but the search has now spread to a second address.

    Extra officers arrived in the road just after 11.30am today and were seen entering the premises clutching evidence bags. A number of items were removed from Highgate Street yesterday and taken away for analysis.

    Police believe by arresting 12 men in Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire they have foiled a potentially major terrorist attack. All the suspects - including the five arrested in Liverpool - were still in custody today.

    Further searches at properties in Edge Hill and Toxteth were also continuing.

    Greater Manchester Police, who are leading the investigation, today said in the initial stage of the operation on Wednesday, two further men were technically arrested on Merseyside.

    However, as soon as their identities were verified they were dearrested. Police said, contrary to some media reports, neither was taken into a police station, held in cells or interviewed for several hours.

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    Just been catching up on the local news. Love this bit in the Post about the arrests at LJMU.
    Business and finance student Craig Ahmed, 24, was on the first floor of the library when the alert went out.

    He told the Daily Post: ?I was trying to do my dissertation when it came over the tannoy ?do not go near the windows? ? so everyone went towards the windows
    Students, eh!

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