London, Tuesday, July 10, 2012: Three men from central England have been charged with terrorism offenses after a series of raids last week, British police said on Monday.
The men were arrested after a search of an impounded vehicle turned up guns and other weapons, prompting police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and other suspects.
West Midlands Police said in a statement that the three are charged with “engaging in conduct in preparation for an act or acts of terrorism, with the intention of committing such acts.”
The alleged conduct includes the manufacture of an improvised explosive device, the acquisition of firearms and other weapons, and the purchase of cars connected with their plans between May 1 and July 4, police added.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed it had authorized the charges against the men but declined to comment on a possible target, attack, or at what stage any alleged plans had been.
The men – Jewel Uddin, 26, Omar Mohammed Khan, 27, and Mohammed Hasseen, 23 – will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Tuesday. All are from Birmingham in central England.
Police said four other men arrested in relation to the same investigation remain in custody.