LONDON (AP) — Three men from central England have been charged with terrorism offenses after a series of raids last week, British police said 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 charges against three of the suspects related to alleged conduct “in preparation for an act or acts of terrorism” between May 1 and July 4.
Police added that 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.
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.
Over the past week, 14 people have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism activity. Police insist none of the cases are linked to plots against the upcoming London Olympics, which run July 27-Aug. 12.
Britain’s terror level is currently ranked as substantial — the third highest point on a five-point scale — and means an attack is a strong possibility. Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups ahead of the Olympics, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the games.