Woman arrested on suspicions of travelling to Syria to join extremists
A 25-year-old woman has been arrested by Scotland Yard Counter Officers after being suspected of travelling to Syria to join Islamic State (IS).
She was detained in Bedfordshire after allegations of preparing acts of terrorism in connection to the war-torn country.
The woman has been transported to central London police station where she remains in custody, two addresses in Bedfordshire are being investigated as part of the case. This is the latest in a number of cases where women travel to Syria to fight alongside extremist groups.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said, “Officers from SO15 Counter Terrorism Command have this morning arrested a 25-year-old woman in Bedfordshire on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
“She has been taken to a central London police station where she remains in custody.
“Two addresses in Bedfordshire are being searched as part of the investigation.
“This investigation is related to Syria.”
UK citizens have been arrested during police raids after being linked to terror offenses in Syria.
Last week, five men were arrested after planning to shoot London police and soldiers in a terror plot influenced by IS. The jihadist militant group have beheaded a number of Britons and other westerners in Syria.
The group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, want to create an Islamic state across Syria and Iraq. Human rights group Amnesty International have accused the members of turning Iraq into, “blood-soaked killing fields.”
It is alleged that approximately 500 British citizens have traveled to Syria to fight.