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UK police arrest terror suspect at Manchester airport

PTI
Published Apr 16, 2016, 8:42 pm IST
Updated Apr 16, 2016, 8:42 pm IST
The man was detained at the Manchester airport as he arrived into the UK.
A police officer stands guard at a roadblock near Manchester airport after the arrest of a man under the Terrorism Act. (Photo: AP)
 A police officer stands guard at a roadblock near Manchester airport after the arrest of a man under the Terrorism Act. (Photo: AP)

London: An 18-year-old youth was arrested on Saturday by British police at Manchester airport on suspicion of "Syria-related terrorism offences".

The man from Birmingham was detained by officers from the West Midlands Police's Counter Terrorism Unit as he arrived into the UK. A police force statement said: "There was no risk to any passengers at Manchester Airport or to the wider public in relation to these arrests.

 

"These arrests and this investigation is not connected to the terrorism arrests of five people from Birmingham in the last 48 hours." Police say today s arrest follows the detention of a man and a woman on April 4.

The pair, a 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, both from Birmingham, are currently on police bail. The arrest comes soon after five terror suspects were detained by West Midlands Police as part of a Europe-wide investigation in connection with the terrorist attacks in Paris last November and Brussels last month.

 

A 26-year-old man was held at Gatwick Airport near London early on Friday while four others, including three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and a 29-year-old woman, were arrested in Birmingham on Thursday night.

All five are being held in West Midlands on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

However, the force has stressed that the arrests earlier this week are not related to the arrest today.

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