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Teenager arrested in Britain under terror laws

A controlled explosion was carried out at a house in southwest England on Friday after a teenager was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, police said.
/ Source: Reuters

A controlled explosion was carried out at a house in southwest England on Friday after a teenager was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, police said.

Authorities said they evacuated 30 people from 14 homes in Westbury-on-Trym, a suburb of Bristol, before bomb disposal officers carried out the explosion.

Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said it followed the arrest of a 19-year-old from the area under anti-terrorism laws on Thursday afternoon.

The arrest followed a "number of covert inquiries", she added, without giving details.

Airport attack
Britain has been on high alert since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and the July 7 suicide bombings in London that killed 52 commuters in 2005.

Last year, a jeep was driven into an airport building in Glasgow, Scotland, and set ablaze in what police said was a failed car bomb attack.

That incident came 36 hours after detectives in London found two cars packed with fuel, gas tanks and nails.