Brent men arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences following nationwide dawn raids

Seven held after officers storm addresses in London, Coventry, Cardiff and Worthing

Two men from Brent have been arrested in a series of dawn raids by anti-terrorism officers this morning (Tuesday).

The 30 and 47-year-old are two of six men and a woman held on suspicion of terrorist financing offences after police stormed four addresses in London, Cardiff and Coventry.

The intelligence-led operation, targeting suspected fundraisers for terrorism overseas, was carried out by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, with the help of the Counter Terrorism network, the UK Border Agency and local officers.

The arrests are believe to involve the illegal exporting of khat, a legal stimulant which is prevalently used by the east African community, to the USA and Canada where it is a controlled substance.

The arrestees are currently in custody at a central London police station.

A further seven raids in London, Worthing, and Coventry, and a business premises in Coventry, have taken place.

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No arrests have been made and searches continue.