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Four arrested in Britain over Syria terrorism: police

  • Members of the fighting vanguard, one of several Islamic brigades part of Free Syrian Army, warm themselves around a fire near Taftanaz air base near Idlib in this picture provided by Shaam News Network January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Najdet Qadour/Shaam News Network/Handout

LONDON: British police have arrested four men as part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of terrorist activity, Scotland Yard said on Thursday.

One of the men was detained while trying to take a flight from London's Gatwick airport on Wednesday, while the others were arrested at addresses in east London on Thursday, it said in a statement.

The man arrested at the airport is aged 33 while the others were aged 18, 22 and 31, police said, adding that they were being held by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

"These arrests form part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity. Inquiries continue," police said.

"Two men have previously been charged in connection with this investigation."

A British trainee doctor, Shajul Islam, 26, and another man, Jubayer Chowdhury, 24, are due to go on trial in Britain in June charged with the kidnapping of two Western journalists by Islamic extremists in Syria.

 
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