London : A Pakistani-origin former Guantanamo Bay detainee was among four persons arrested on “suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences” during raids in Britain on Tuesday, reports PTI. Moazzam Begg, who was held by the US government for nearly three years after being arrested in the Pakistani capital in February 2002 on suspicion of being a member of Al Qaeda, was among those held in the West Midlands region.
West Midlands Police confirmed that Begg, 45, was being held on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, the Birmingham Mail reported.
The others arrested were a 44-year-old woman, her 20-year- old son and another 36-year-old man. “All four arrests are connected. They were pre-planned and intelligence-led. There was no immediate risk to public safety,” Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards said about the raids conducted early this morning. “We continue to urge anyone planning to travel to Syria to read the advice issued by the Foreign Office,” he said.
The four arrested persons were being held at a police station in West Midlands and three homes were searched by counter-terrorist police. Vehicles and electronic equipment were taken away from the homes for forensic analysis.