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Mugshots of Birmingham terror pair released

Mugshots of two men from Birmingham who travelled to Syria to fight have been released after they earlier admitted preparing to carry out terrorist attacks.

Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, spent eight months in Syria last year, before being arrested at Heathrow Airport on their return home in January.

West Midlands Police released images of the pair posing with rifles during their visit to the war-torn country.

Mohammed Nahin Ahmed. Credit: West Midlands Police
Yusuf Sarwar. Credit: West Midlands Police

Read: Families of both men pleaded with them to return from Syria

Hotel statement after 200 evacuated in fire alert

The scene on Broad Street in Birmingham city centre this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

Speaking after around 200 people had to be evacuated from a multi-storey hotel in Birmingham city centre due to a fire in a neighbouring kebab shop this morning, general manager at Hampton by Hilton Matt Hutchings said:

On being alerted to the fire at Food Republic, which is located directly next door, at 6am this morning, we immediately put our fire drill into practice. This involved the evacuation of all guests and staff to the nearby Novotel as a precautionary measure.

The fire broke out in fast food outlet the Food Republic at 6:00am this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

I can confirm that all guests and staff are safe and accounted for. Indeed, the fire was quickly brought under control and, following advice from the fire services, guests and staff have since returned to the hotel, which is once again fully operational.”

Guests and staff have now returned to the hotel which is operating normally Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

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Judge delays sentencing in Birmingham terror case

Nahin Ahmed holding a toy gun - pre travel to Syria - in an image taken from his computer. Credit: West Midlands Police

Judge Topolski QC has said he would not pass sentence on the two men until a Court of Appeal decision about a similar case had been heard later this summer.

However, sentencing is due to open this afternoon.

The judge earlier told the court that he was willing to offer a reduction in sentence if the defendants were to plead guilty.

He described the case as a "grave one".

More: Syria terror men told parents they were on holiday in Turkey

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Families of both men urged them to return from Syria

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar Credit: West Midlands Police

The families of Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar urged both men to return home when they realised they had gone to fight in Syria.

Sarwar's family reported him missing to police in May last year after they found a hand-written letter from him in which said he had left to join a terrorist group called Kataib al Muhajireen (KaM)- later renamed Kateeba al-Kawthar - "to do jihad".

Part of Sawar's letter to his family in which he says he is going to wage Jihad in Syria. Credit: West Midlands Police

Days earlier he had told his family he was travelling to Turkey as part of a two-week trip organised by Birmingham City University, where he was a part-time computer science student.

West Midlands Police said the men showed the mind-set to go and join the jihad in Syria, before carrying out research, buying equipment, and finally travelling a well-trod route to get inside the battle zone via Turkey.

More: Birmingham men posed with rifles during visit to Syria

Police release chilling photos of Syria terror pair

Sawar brandishing a gun during training in Syria Credit: West Midlands Police
This picture of Ahmed was found on the pair's return to the UK Credit: West Midlands Police
Surveillance footage of the pair arriving at Heathrow before they set off for Turkey Credit: West Midlands Police
Ahmed on his return to the UK in January, with his beard shaved off Credit: West Midlands Police

Syria terror men lied they were on holiday in Turkey

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed of Farcroft Avenue - both aged 22 - pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court today. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two young men from Birmingham who have pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism while in Syria, had lied to their parents they were actually on holiday in Turkey.

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed, who are both 22 and from Handsworth, bought one-way tickets in May 2013 then crossed the Syrian border to train with rebel fighters.

They were arrested by officers from the West Midlands Police counter terrorism unit when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

Traces of military grade explosives were found on their clothing and pictures on their camera showed them brandishing weapons.

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Birmingham men plead guilty to Syria terror charges

Two men from Handsworth in Birmingham have pleaded guilty to terrorism charges after spending time in Syria.

Yusef Sarwar and Nahin Ahme, both 22, were arrested when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

They were charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts having spent eight months in Syria to join rebel fighters.

The trial at Woolwich Crown Court was scheduled to last three weeks, but today the pair pleaded guilty.

Video shows major response to fire alert at large hotel

This video shows the major response to a fire at a kebab shop underneath a multi-storey city centre hotel in Birmingham this morning.

Around 200 people had to be evacuated from the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street after a fire broke out in the Food Republic kebab shop at around 06:30am.

Eight fire engines were called to deal with the situation, and the fire service confirmed it had extinguished the fire shortly after 8:00am.

In pictures: major fire response after alert underneath multi-storey hotel in Birmingham

Read more: Two hundred people were in hotel when fire broke out

Two hundred people were in hotel when fire broke out

Around 200 people were evacuated from the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

Around 200 people had to be evacuated from a hotel in Birmingham city centre this morning after a fire broke out in a kebab shop.

The guests at the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street were alerted at around 06:30am and all were removed from the hotel.

Eight fire engines were needed during the fire alert on Broad Street Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

Speaking to ITV News Central, the hotel's manager, who did not want to be named, said all guests had got out of the building safely and that they have been moved to other hotels.

Shortly after 8:00am, West Midlands Fire & Rescue service tweeted to say the fire at the Food Republic fast food outlet had been put out.

In pictures: major fire response after alert underneath multi-storey hotel in Birmingham

Guests describe hotel fire evacuation from 17th floor

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Fire at the #hiltonhampton in broad street. Walking down from the 17th floor aint fun!!!

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There is a fire on Broad Street @bhamupdates smoke and alarms in front of the Hampton by Hilton

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