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British AQ Member arrested in Iraq?


Iraq police release detained British national
Tue Oct 4, 2005 4:15 PM BST

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi police released a British citizen on Tuesday, a day after detaining him near the Saudi border with an armed group, a police official said.

The Briton, identified on his business card as Colin Peter Wanley, appeared at a police news conference in the southern city of Najaf on Tuesday after his release.

"Ten people were arrested yesterday close to the Iraqi-Saudi border. One of them was British," said Saadoun al-Jabiree, an Iraqi border police spokesman.

Those detained had eight Kalashnikov assault rifles, two pistols, ammunition, radios and GPS satellite navigation equipment, he said. Wanley and two Iraqis were released while the other seven were still being held, he added.

Jabiree said Wanley was working for a water treatment company, identified on his card as Ammtech International Consultants Ltd.

He said he had contacted the British consulate in Basra, but was told they had no information about the man.

A British embassy spokeswoman in Baghdad said she was aware of reports that a Briton had been arrested but had no details.

It was not immediately clear if Wanley himself had been armed and how he was connected to the other detainees.

Last month, British forces raided an Iraqi police station to free two undercover British soldiers arrested in the southern city of Basra, angering officials and residents.

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