UK anti-terrorism police arrest six

2014-10-14 14:32

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London - British police arrested three men and three women on Tuesday in a counter-terrorism operation linked to the civil war in Syria.

Counter terrorism officers detained the suspects in London, Portsmouth on England's south coast and in Farnborough, west of the British capital.

The group, aged between 23 and 57, were being held on suspicion of a range of terrorism offences.

"Officers would like to reassure residents that the police activity is in relation to conflicts overseas and is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK," the South East Counter Terrorism Unit said in a statement on Tuesday.

Britain raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of "severe" in August, meaning an attack was considered highly likely.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Islamic State militants battling for territory in Syria and Iraq pose a grave security risk to Britain.

London police on Monday arrested three men as part of what they said was an ongoing investigation into "Islamist terrorism".

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