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Interpol urges Britain to share data

The international body wants British police to share details of the airline plot with other nations to foil similar attacks.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2006 20:19 IST

Interpol on Thursday congratulated British police for foiling a plan to attack airliners in flight, urging the force to share all details of the plot with other countries to prevent similar attacks.

"Although the UK has implemented heightened security measures at all airports, we now need to ensure other countries are informed of what possible threats they may also be facing," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble was quoted as saying in a statement.

"Recent events throughout the world have shown that terrorists who seek to create maximum death, destruction and terror will carry out their attacks on multiple targets simultaneously," said the head of the international police agency, based in the central-east French city of Lyon.

"Knowing this, all countries have a duty to share any information they have which could help other police agencies around the world better protect innocent lives without compromising the ongoing investigation."

Interpol said Britain had already partly complied with its obligations, by sharing the increased security measures put in place, which the agency has forwarded to its 184 national offices.

Authorities in Britain said on Thursday they had thwarted a plot to wreak "mass murder" with the simultaneous mid-air bombings of planes to the United States, and ordered a maximum security alert that snarled air traffic around the world.

First Published: Aug 10, 2006 12:10 IST