Terror attacks

Security agencies around the world remain on high alert

Migration police escorting a Syrian woman after she was detained in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on Thursday. The woman arrived in the Central American country with a Greek passport, the foreign ministry said.
Migration police escorting a Syrian woman after she was detained in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on Thursday. The woman arrived in the Central American country with a Greek passport, the foreign ministry said.PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM • The authorities around the world remain in a high state of alert since the Paris attacks.

In Sweden, police have arrested an Iraqi suspected of plotting a "terrorist attack", after a two-day manhunt led them to a centre for asylum seekers in the north-eastern city of Boliden. They are now searching for people with whom he had contact.

Colombian officials are investigating a Syrian woman with ties to radical Islam, who travelled to France ahead of the Paris attacks using a stolen and modified Israeli passport. She apparently bribed Bogota Customs officers to allow her to fly out.

The Kuwaiti security authorities have busted an international cell, led by a Lebanese man who confessed to sending funds and Ukrainian air defence systems via Turkey to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second-largest city, three men from Belgium were questioned by police yesterday, after their car was deemed suspect because it had Belgian number plates and was found parked near a restaurant where the city's mayor, a Sunni Muslim of Moroccan descent, was eating.

The mayor was rushed away but police yesterday ruled out any link to the hunt for a key fugitive in the Paris attacks, although they found a small quantity of drugs in the car.

British police, meanwhile, dealt swiftly with another suspicious car. They carried out a controlled explosion on the car, abandoned close to Central London's Baker Street underground station, but later declared it not suspicious.

Social media was filled with worried reports on Thursday as passengers filed out of the station and police cordoned off the road.

The authorities in charge of Rome's Colosseum said they will install metal detectors at the entrance to the almost 2,000-year- old amphitheatre in the wake of last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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