By Matthew Bates 01/05 Updated: 01/05 11:31
TWO MEN from Coventry have been arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism.
Counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan Police cuffed a 45-year-old and a 42-year-old in dawn raids today (Tuesday). Four other men and one woman were also arrested in London and Cardiff.
They are all suspected of exporting the stimulant khat - which is legal in the UK - to USA and Canada, where it is banned. Police believe cash made from the operation is being used to fund terrorism.
All are being held at a central London police station where they remain in custody.
The raids, which included officers from Homeland Security in America, saw search warrants also carried out at a house and business premises in Coventry and homes in London and Worthing.
No arrests were made at the addresses but searches are ongoing.
The other people arrested include a 45-year-old woman and 49-year-old man from Croydon, a 40-year-old man from Cardiff and 47-year-old and 30-year-old men from Brent.
A police spokesman said the arrests were a part of a pre-planned and intelligence-led operation.
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