LONDON (Reuters) – British anti-terror police said on Saturday they had arrested six people in connection with a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that was carried out by a Briton.
A police spokeswoman said anti-terror police had arrested two women and two men in Derbyshire and one woman in Nottinghamshire in central England under a special anti- terrorism law, in connection with Wednesday’s bombing in Israel.
Another man was later arrested in London early on Saturday and all six were being held under the Terrorism Act.
“All those arrested are now in custody at a central London police station,” police said in a statement, adding that their investigations were continuing.
No other details of the six were immediately available. Under the Terrorism Act, police can hold the six for up to seven days without laying charges.
British citizen Asif Hanif, 21, blew himself up outside a nightclub on Wednesday in the first suicide bombing carried out by a foreigner in the 31-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.
Three Israelis were killed and 55 wounded in the attack at the Mike’s Place nightclub on the Tel Aviv beachfront.
Israeli police are searching for another British citizen, Omar Sharif, 27, who they say was the bomber’s accomplice and was also planning to blow himself up but fled after his explosives failed to detonate.
Britain has pledged to help catch the fugitive Sharif and those who may have helped the pair.
On Friday, Chancellor Gordon Brown ordered British banks to freeze the two men’s accounts.
The attack was the first in which the bombers crossed into Israel from Gaza rather than the West Bank, and Israel has tightened security to prevent further infiltrations.
Israeli security sources have said the two Britons were believed to have undergone training in Syria, perhaps by Hamas instructors headquarters in Damascus.