Sixth Suspect Arrested in Plot Against Pope

Six people have been arrested by London police over an alleged terror plot against Pope Benedict XVI, according to reports.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A sixth suspect of an alleged planned attack against Pope Benedict XVI was arrested roughly eight hours after the arrest of a number of other suspects early Friday morning.

It was not yet certain whether this suspect was also working as a cleaner with the Westminster area of London.

Police survey the area near Westminster Abbey ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit Friday Sept. 17, 2010.

Five individuals were being held by London police and being questioned over an alleged terror plot against Pope Benedict XVI, according to reports Friday morning.

The pope was in England on the second day of his four-day tour of the country.

The five men were 26 years old and 50 years old and arrested under the Terrorism Act. They were reportedly working under street-cleaning contracts with the Westminster area of London -- in close proximity to parliament in central London -- one of the areas Pope Benedict XVI visited.

Reports said they were Algerian, but police didn't confirm their country of origin and Algerian embassy didn't confirmed any related arrests.

The police said they were given warnings of the potential plot against the pope overnight, leading to the arrest of the five men early Friday morning.

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