BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) -- Three men who were arrested during a series of anti-terrorism raids in central England last week have now been charged with terrorism offenses, including the alleged manufacturing of explosives, police said on late Monday.
The three men, all in their twenties and from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, were arrested on July 3 under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Four other men were arrested on July 4 and July 5 and also remain in custody.
The men charged on Monday were identified as 26-year-old Jewel Uddin, 27-year-old Omar Mohammed Khan and 23-year-old Mohammed Hasseen. They are accused of preparing acts of terrorism, including the manufacturing of an improvised explosive device (IED), the acquisition of firearms and other weapons, and the purchase of motor vehicles connected with their plans.
Uddin, Khan and Hasseen appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning. Police have until Wednesday evening and Thursday evening to charge the four other terrorism suspects, whose identities have not yet been released. They were previously identified as men aged 24, 22, 22 and 43.
West Midlands Police said the anti-terrorism raids last week followed the routine stop of a vehicle on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire on June 30. The car was impounded on suspicion of having no insurance, but a subsequent search turned up two firearms, "offensive weapons" and other material which had been hidden inside the vehicle.
"As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved," Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, the head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said last week. "Our inquiries are ongoing."
Police said the firearms are not automatic and were not loaded, but a small amount of ammunition was found. Other details were not immediately released, but officials said the arrests are not related to the upcoming Olympics or the arrests of six terrorism suspects in London also last week.
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