Members of Birmingham's Muslim community on Saturday criticized the intense media speculation surrounding the arrest of nine local men over an alleged terrorist plot to kidnap and kill a British soldier.
At a packed public meeting at Birmingham Central Mosque, speakers criticized the media for releasing the names of some of those detained and reporting lurid details of their alleged plans.
Police are questioning nine men detained Wednesday in this central England city on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. None has yet been charged.
Media reports - based on anonymous sources and unconfirmed by police - said officers had foiled a plot to kidnap, torture and murder a British Muslim soldier and post images of the killing on the Internet.