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2 More Britons Charged in Alleged Airliner Plot

September 07, 2006|From the Associated Press

LONDON — British authorities charged two more suspects Wednesday in an alleged plot to blow up passenger jets bound for the United States, bringing to 17 the number formally charged.

Three other suspects were released Wednesday. The five were held for nearly 28 days without being charged -- the maximum allowed under Britain's anti-terrorism laws.

Police said the two suspects, Donald Douglas Stewart Whyte and Muhammed Usman Saddique, were charged with preparing an act of terrorism.

The five suspects were rounded up with about 20 others in raids on Aug. 9 and 10 in the investigation of the alleged plot to detonate liquid explosives on airliners over the Atlantic. Some of the others have been released.

Eleven people have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and with preparing acts of terrorism. Four others are charged with lesser offenses.

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