[QODLink]
Europe
Nine charged over UK bomb plot
Suspects are part of a group of 12 men arrested in Britain in December for conspiring to plot a terror attack.
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2010 07:28 GMT
According to 2008 figures, 1,500 terror-related arrests were made in the UK but two-thirds have been released [EPA]

Nine of the 12 men arrested in police raids a week ago have been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions in Britain and with plotting terrorism offences.

Police said on Monday that the men were arrested on December 20 in what authorities said at the time were counter-terrorism raids essential to protect the public from the threat of attack.

Three of the arrested men were released without charge.

According to a statement issued by West Midlands Police, the remainder will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court later on Monday.

"I have today advised the police that nine men should be charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and with engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism with the intention of either committing acts of terrorism, or assisting another to commit such acts," said Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, in the statement.

Three of the men - aged 24, 26 and 28 - are from the Welsh capital Cardiff. Two others aged 20 and 28 are from London, and four aged 19, 25, 26 and 26 are from Stoke-on-Trent in central England, the police statement said.

At the time of the arrests, the BBC reported that most of the suspects were British but they also included a small number of Bangladeshis.

The police statement said that between October 1 and November 20 the suspects had conspired to cause "explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property".

It added that between October and December 20, when the men were arrested, they had been downloading from the internet, researching and discussing potential targets, carrying out reconnaissance and "igniting and testing incendiary material".

The statement did not specify what the potential targets were.

Four suicide bombers killed 52 people on three trains and a bus in London in July 2005.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Anti-government secrecy organisation struggling for relevance without Julian Assange at the helm.
After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of bluefin tuna in the ocean.
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
join our mailing list