Birmingham man arrested in 7 July terrorist attack

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A BIRMINGHAM man has been arrested in connection with the 7 July London terrorist attacks.

The 22-year-old man from the Selly Oak area of the city was detained during early morning raids, West Midlands Police have confirmed.

Two men and a woman were also arrested in West Yorkshire this morning in connection with the attacks which killed 52 people in 2005.

A number of media reports have suggested the woman is the wife of bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan who is believed to have detonated a device on the Edgware Road train which killed seven people.

The arrest in Birmingham was conducted by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command with the support of officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said the man was arrested “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of Acts of Terrorism. This arrest was in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7 2005”

Officers are searching addresses in Dewsbury, Beeston and Batley in West Yorkshire, and two in Birmingham.

One search is being carried out in the Handsworth area of the city and one in Selly Oak.

The suspects are being taken to a central London police station where they will be interviewed later.

West Midlands Police said they were keeping local communities informed.

“West Midlands Police continues to engage with local communities to listen to any concerns and respond appropriately and proportionately to issues raised”, a statement released by the force said.

Last month three people were charged in connection with the attacks.

Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, of Beeston, Leeds, are accused of conspiring with the four bombers to cause explosions.

All three were remanded in custody until 8 June.

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