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June 07, 2006

Renowned Islamic Scholar's house raided

The house of an international renowned Islamic scholar, who has authored many books in Urdu and Arabic, was raided Wednesday in connection with the detention of a 16 year-old boy under anti-terror legislation, The Muslim News has exclusively learnt.

The boy, who is the Maulanaís grandson, was arrested as he was leaving his school, in Dewsbury, where he had been sitting GCSE exams. The house of his grandfather, which has a huge library, was raided at the same time as two other houses, his parentís home where he lives and a second property owned by his parents.

A family friend, who visited the Maulana just after the raid, told The Muslim News that the family is "shaken" from the experience. They were said to be "upset" as they cannot understand why the boy, who was detained at Bidwell Police Station, was arrested. They have not been told the reason for the arrest.

The BBC linked the 16 year oldís arrest with the questioning of a 21-year-old man from Bradford who was detained at Manchester Airport. A police spokeswoman was quoted saying that the operation was "a continuation of last night's operation at Manchester Airport."

The BBC also cited security sources saying the arrests were linked to the Canadian inquiry but there was no confirmation of this.

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