Police have this morning arrested nine suspected terrorists in early morning raids.
Police are holding the nine men one of which is believed to be radical preacher Choudary on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation, supporting a proscribed organisation contrary to section 11 and 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and encouraging terrorism contrary to section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006
This organisation is believed to be Al Muhajiroun, This was an organisation set up by Choudary and Sheiki Omar Bakri Mohammad, It is believed the arrest follows a BBC Three documentary called ‘my brother is a terrorist’ Al Muhajiroun was banned in 2010.
All of the men are aged between 22 – 39 years of age and were arrested at addresses in London, they are all in police stations in central London and remain in police custody.
Police are currently searching a number of residential, business and community premises as part of the investigation. Eleven addresses in London, One in West London, One in north west London, Five in south London and one address in Stoke on Trent.
All of the arrests relate to an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism and do not pose an immediate risk to public safety.