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Britons make anti-terror arrests

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LONDON (Reuters) — British police said Thursday they arrested a number of people in the central England city of Leicester as part of a Europe-wide anti-terror investigation.

"A number of warrants have been executed this morning under the Terror Act 2000. Several have been arrested in connection with an ongoing pan-European anti-terror investigation," a spokeswoman said.

Commercial French radio station "Europe 1" said police in Leicester arrested eight Muslims, some of them French, Thursday morning.

The arrests were linked to an investigation into planned attacks by Islamic militants in France, the radio station said, although Leicester police could not confirm that.

Britain, long regarded as a soft touch for Islamic extremists, has tightened the net on militants since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.