ondon: Two people, including a woman, were arrested in the British city of Birmingham on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts. Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism command arrested the 21-year-old man and 23-year-old woman yesterday after five homes and a business were searched in the city as part of a pre-planned operation.
They have been detained under terrorism legislation, however the police said the arrests are not in any way connected to the Westminster attack in London, which claimed four lives and injured 50 others.
“The two were arrested on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts and were detained under terrorism legislation. The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and there is no risk to the public’s safety. Today’s arrests are not connected in any way to the Westminster attack,” a West Midlands Police statement said. The armed police officers nabbed the two terror suspects from the car they were travelling in on a street in Birmingham. Eyewitnesses at the scene captured police on camera bringing a man down to the floor. The footage seemed to show several armed officers swoop in on a Ford Fiesta, causing traffic to come to a standstill.