Two Coventry men arrested on funding terrorism charge

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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