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Fury as cops get more time to quiz preacher
From The Manchester Evening News
THE family of a spiritual leader arrested in anti-terror raids have described his continued detention as 'disgraceful and unacceptable'.
Shaykh Asif Farooqui, 62, is among five men being questioned over allegations they were involved in recruiting young British Muslims for terror training camps in Afghanistan.
Police have been granted an extra seven days to quiz the men.
The Muslim community where Shaykh Farooqui lives, in Deane, Bolton, has been rocked by the community leader's arrest.
A petition has been set up at his mosque - the Al Rahman in Randal Street - calling for his immediate release.
Neighbours told how he is considered to be a Wali - blessed by Allah - and is highly-respected by hundreds of people.
In their statement the family say amongst other things, "He has always gone out of his way to foster good relations with the local police in order to work together as a community and this makes his arrest all the more disgraceful and unacceptable."
The statement adds the family wanted to thank the support they have received from Imams and Muslim communities from the region and beyond.