British authorities arrested five people on suspicion of preparing terrorist attacks in the UK, the British media reported earlier today.
The Counter-terror police in the West Midlands have arrested four people (three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and a woman, 29) in Birmingham on Thursday night and a 26-year-old man at Gatwick airport in London, in the early hours of Friday.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who is the head of the counter-terrorism unit for the West Midlands, said that yesterday’s and today’s operation “forms part of an extensive investigation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), together with the wider counter-terrorism network, MI5 and international partners including Belgian and French authorities, to address any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe.”
Beale also told reporters that the “arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led” and “there was no risk to the public at any time and there is no information to suggest an attack in the UK was being planned.”
The identity of the suspects remains unknown but the British police said that all five British suspects are from Birmingham and are being held in the West Midlands. The police currently performs raids in a number of properties in the city to find as part of the investigation.