September 19, 2011

Terror Arrests in Birmingham
Update: Owner Of One Home Raided Served Time For Foiled Plot To Kidnap & Behead a British Muslim Soldier

BBC:

Six men and a woman have been arrested in Birmingham in a large anti-terrorism operation, West Midlands Police say.

The men, aged between 25 and 32, are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK.

The woman, 22, is held on suspicion of failing to disclose information contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

The arrests are thought to be the most significant this year, BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said.

It is understood the investigation, which has involved security service MI5, relates to suspected Islamist extremism.

But the arrests are not thought to be related to the Liberal Democrats' conference which is taking place at the city's International Convention Centre.

Expect updates, there is a large Jihadi community there. We've been tracking several folks ourselves as well who are related to Islampolicy, al-Shikuh forum, Ansar al-Mujahideen forum as well as several terror supporting blogs, youtube channels and propaganda distribution.

I have this feeling that at least some of the names, when they are released will be familiar to Jawas.

Update more here from the Guardian which claims the arrests thwarted a major attack.

Guardian: Counter-terrorism officers have arrested seven people, fearing they were in the "advanced stages" of planning a mass-casualty attack on the British mainland, the Guardian has learned.

...Police say the plot, which they believe to be al-Qaida inspired, was thwarted after counter-terrorism officials received or developed intelligence about the men.

...West Midlands police said it had led a "major counter-terrorism operation" which was intelligence-led. The operation involved the domestic security service, MI5, with officers from Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command supporting the Birmingham-based force.

The terrorist threat level for the UK remained at "substantial" after the arrests. It was lowered from the higher level of "severe" in July.

Update by SH: The Telegraph states one of the homes raided is registered to Mohammed Irfan who was convicted, served 4 years for his part in a scheme to to kidnap, behead a Muslim British soldier
The home of a man convicted of being involved in a plot to behead a British soldier was raided as police arrested six men and a woman as part of a counter-terrorism operation.

Security sources believe that the men, from Birmingham, are part of a potential al-Qaeda suicide bomb plot which was under guidance from Pakistan.

The group had been under MI5 surveillance for several weeks before the arrests on Sunday night although it is unclear where or when the suspected plot was to be carried out.[...]

One of the houses searched is registered to Mohammed Irfan, who was jailed for four years in 2008 for his part in a plot to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and behead him live on the internet[...]

Two of the men arrested were named by relatives as brothers Bahader and Ashik Ali.

Ashik Ali’s former wife Salma Kabal, 22, and her family live in one of the houses raided by police[...]

One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said: " Ashik had an Islamic beard and was unemployed when he lived here.

"I heard that he wanted Salma to move to Karachi with him and live in a madras but she refused

Stay tuned

By Howie at 10:04 AM | Comments |