Three of the seven men arrested last week in the UK were charged with terrorism offenses, a statement by the West Midlands Police said. West Midlands is more than two hours from London.
Police arrested the seven men over three days after impounding a car they believed was uninsured, the BBC reported. In the car were firearms and other weapons.
Those charged were Jewel Uddin, 26, Omar Mohammed Khan, 27, and Mohammed Hasseen, 23. The three men were expected to appear in London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors say the suspects bought cars and intended to commit acts of terrorism. They also allege that the men had manufactured an improvised explosive device.
The four other men remain in custody, according to the West Midlands news release. Police normally have 48 hours to detain suspects but were given extensions in these cases. Prosecutors now have until Wednesday evening to charge three of the remaining men, although they could also apply for a warrant of further detention. They have until Thursday evening to charge the fourth man.
The BBC reported that the arrests were not connected to the 2012 London Games. Nor were they connected to arrests of six other terror suspects – five men and one woman – on Thursday in London.
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