Counter terrorism police make arrest at Birmingham airport

Counter terrorism police make arrest at Birmingham airport

A woman travelling with three children has been arrested at Birmingham airport on suspicion of preparing to go to Syria to engage in terror acts.

The woman, from Leicester, was arrested by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit officers.

The 30-year-old's home and another associated address were being searched, the BBC reported.

Officers are working with other agencies to ensure the children's welfare, West Midlands Police said.

Officers have a maximum of 36 hours to question her before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.

More than 200,000 people have lost their lives and more than 11 million have been displaced in four years of conflict in Syria.

The conflict is between forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule - as well as jihadist militants from Islamic State.


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