Five arrested for ‘terror’ offences in Britain

London—Five people have been arrested for alleged terror offences in Britain — including one man stopped at an airport — in an investigation involving French and Belgian authorities, police said on Friday.
Four of the arrests — three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and a 29-year-old woman — were in Birmingham in central England on Thursday, while a 26-year-old man was arrested at London Gatwick Airport on Friday.
“This action forms part of an extensive investigation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, together with the wider counter terrorism network, MI5 and international partners including Belgian and French authorities to address any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe,” senior police officer Marcus Beale said in a statement.
“The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led… There was no risk to the public at any time and there is no information to suggest an attack in the UK was being planned,” Beale said, adding that police were searching a number of properties in Birmingham.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper quoted government ministry sources as saying that the arrests were “significant”.—AFP

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