UK police arrest 12 'terrorism' suspects in raids

The suspects, aged between 17 and 28, were detained by unarmed officers, police said.

UK police arrest 12 'terrorism' suspects in raids

British police said on Monday 12 men had been arrested in a series of dawn raids across England and Wales.

West Midlands regional police said they had detained five men from Cardiff in Wales, four from Stoke-on-Trent in central England and three from London.

"They've all been held on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK," a police spokesman said.

The suspects, aged between 17 and 28, were detained by unarmed officers at around 0500 GMT, he said.

Searches were being conducted at the home addresses of the 12, an address in Birmingham and a separate address in the capital, the police spokesman added.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who is in charge of counter-terrorism policing nationally, said the swoop was a large-scale, pre-planned and intelligence-led operation involving several forces.

"The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time about the suspected offences," he said in a statement.


Reuters

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