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Blair Says Britain To Weigh Tough Anti-Terror Measures

13 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said today his government will urgently consider new measures to combat terrorism incitement.

Blair made the announcement today while answering questions in parliament about last week's London bombings, which killed at least 52 people.

"We will look urgently at how we strengthen the procedures to exclude people from entering the U.K. who may incite hatred or act contrary to the public good and at how we deport such people if they come here more easily," Blair said.

Blair also promised to work with Britain's Muslim community to help tackle what he called a "perverted and poisonous misinterpretation of the religion of Islam."

British media reported today that four suspects identified by police on 12 July were young British-born men of Pakistani origin.

Britain's Home Secretary Charles Clarke said today the four suspects were suicide bombers and the police were now hunting for those who worked with them.


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