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Terrorism suspects arrested in Essex

Two people have been arrested in Essex in connection with suspected terrorism in Syria.

Police say they arrested a 37-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman on Wednesday, on suspicion of "being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation" of terrorism. They have been taken to a police station in London for questioning.

Officers made the arrests as part of a series of searches at various UK locations. Scotland Yard said: "The searches are ongoing and we are unable to provide more details at this stage.

Gang tried to make bomb from terror manual

The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.

Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.

The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).

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Luton terror group set for sentencing

Zahid Iqbal
Guilty of terror charges: Zahid Iqbal, 31 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Four Luton men could be sentenced today after admitting discussing carrying out a terror attack in the UK.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21, considered methods, materials and targets for an attack.

Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed
Guilty of terror charges: Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25 Credit: Metropolitan Police

The men were arrested following a series of raids in April last year. They pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge at Woolwich Crown Court.

The four men downloaded computer files containing practical instruction for an attack, and collected funds for terrorist purposes.

Umar Arshad
Guilty of terror charges: Umar Arshad, 24 Credit: Metropolitan Police

They also admitted facilitating, planning and encouraging travel overseas, as well as organising, encouraging and participating in physical training, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006.

The offences took place between January 2011 and April last year.

Umar Arshad
Guilty of terror charges: Syed Farhan Hussain, 21 Credit: Metropolitan Police

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