Charges brought in airline plot, others still being questioned

Charges have been brought against 11 of the 23 people arrested back on Thursday 10th in connection with a suspected plot to detonate explosives in aeroplanes heading to US destinations from UK airports. “Eight have been charged with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. Two are accused of failing to disclose information and a 17-year-old faces a charge of possessing articles useful to a person preparing acts of terrorism.” Full charges listed here. One woman has been released without charge and 11 remain in custody Two other people are also being questioned by police in Wales after their arrests under the Terrorism Act at Holyhead on Friday 11th
According to the Guardian report

At a joint press conference, the head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-terrorist branch, revealed that investigations had uncovered bomb making equipment, the chemical hydrogen peroxide and a number of “martyrdom” videos.

In addition to these materials, there were more than 400 computers, 200 mobile telephones and 8,000 computer media items such as memory sticks, CDs and DVDs

Deputy assistant commissioner Peter Clarke said police also had “highly significant” surveillance that would be used in evidence against the suspects

Meanwhile, a man and woman continue to be questioned in Wales, also on suspected involvement in terrorism although police there have stated that the arrests were not directly linked to the alleged foiled bomb plot to blow up planes.

From the RTÉ report

North Wales Police said the 47-year old man and 44-year old woman were originally from Algeria but would not confirm whether they were British or Irish citizens.

A spokesperson said the arrests were not directly linked to the alleged foiled bomb plot to blow up planes.

The spokesperson said no threat was posed to passengers and staff at the port as a result of the arrests.

It is understood one of the individuals travelled from Ireland on a ferry and the other arrived at the port independently.

Earlier, speculative reports suggested that the two may have been living in West Dublin

They had been arrested at Holyhead on Friday 11th August but the arrests only became known when police applied for a court order to continue to hold them in custody… and the Algerian link reminds me to note the one previous conviction of an Ireland-based Islamist on similar charges.

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