British police charge six with terror offences

25th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police said on Sunday they had charged six men who were arrested last week in Birmingham as part of a major pre-planned counter-terrorism operation targeting Islamic extremists.

Four men were charged with preparing for an act of terrorism, and two more with failing to disclose information, West Midlands police said.

One of the men charged with failing to disclose information was also charged with terrorist fundraising.

Seven men, all from Birmingham, were detained by unarmed officers last week.

The officers arrested six suspects at or close to their homes in Britain's second biggest city between 11:30 pm (2230 GMT) on September 18 and 1:00 am on the following day, and one more on Thursday.

In addition, a 22-year-old woman was arrested on Monday on suspicion of failing to disclose information which could have been used in assisting the prevention of an act of terrorism.

Police said all of the suspects were British passport holders.

"The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time about the nature of the suspected offences," assistant chief constable Marcus Beale said at the time of the arrests.

"However, I believe it was necessary to take action at this time in order to ensure public safety."

© 2011 AFP

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