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Arrests over Plot to Target U.S. Soldiers Stationed in Britain
Jul 22, 2015 at 9:22 am
A man has been charged over an alleged plot to carry out a terror attack on US military personnel in the UK.
Junead Ahmed Khan, 24, and his uncle, Shazib Ahmed, 22, have also been charged with attempting to join Isis in Syria, the Crown Prosecution Service have reported.
The men, both in their early 20s, were arrested a week ago in an operation involving officers from the national counter-terrorism network.
They will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today. They have each been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act 2006. The charges, which date between 1 August 2014 and 10 May 2015, allege that both men had the "intention of committing acts of terrorism," according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The CPS statement added that Khan will also be prosecuted for a further offence under the same legislation, for "planning a terrorist attack on US military personnel in the UK."
According to the Metropolitan Police another man, also from Luton and in his thirties, was arrested in the same investigation, but was released without charge on Monday evening in his thirties.
This news comes just one day after David Cameron promised in a "five year plan" when it comes to fighting extremism. Speaking in Birmingham, the PM remarked that "Great British resolve faced down Hitler; it defeated Communism; it saw off the IRA's assaults on our way of life. Time and again we have stood up to aggression and tyranny."
The Metropolitan Police have said that "officers from the UK's national counter terrorism network, led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) and supported by colleagues from Bedfordshire Police and Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, carried out the operation."
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