Authorities in Britain have detained and plan to deport 10 foreign nationals suspected of posing a threat to national security.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke made the announcement Thursday but did not give any details.

British media say one of the detainees could be Abu Qatada, who fled to Britain claiming persecution in Jordan. British authorities have described him as a top al-Qaida recruiter.

Last week, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a series of measures aimed at fighting terrorism following the July London bomb attacks. They include deporting foreigners who advocate violence.

Mr. Clarke said he received assurances from the countries where the detainees will sent that they will not be subject to torture or ill-treatment.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.