Five arrested in British terror investigation linked to Brussels, Paris, officials say

BIRMINGHAM, England, April 15 (UPI) — Five people were arrested as part of a British terrorism investigation, authorities said, that was launched after the recent attacks in Belgium and France.

Those detained, four men and one woman, were arrested and held in Birmingham. One of the men was arrested at Gatwick Airport near downtown London, police said. All five suspects, who were not immediately named, are from Birmingham, according to investigators.

Two of the men are 26 years old, one is 40 and the other is 59. The woman is 29, authorities said.

Police said the investigation was intended “to address any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe” — and had the assistance of British intelligence, as well as French and Belgian authorities.

Authorities did not reveal many details, but said they haven’t found any evidence to suggest any of the detainees were involved in an active plot targeting the U.K.

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

Officials believe there might be links between those arrested and the attacks in Paris and Brussels.


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