Three male teenagers, from Brent, arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts have been bailed. The families of two of three teenagers raised the alarm to police when they didn't return from Friday prayer, leading to the trio being detained by officials in Turkey as they tried to travel to Syria.
Officers alerted the Turkish authorities who were able to intercept all three males, preventing travel to Syria. On Saturday, March 14 the three males returned to the UK and at approximately 11.10pm were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. "They have been bailed to return to a central London police station pending further enquiries.
The trio are reported to have travelled to Spain before taking a flight to Turkey - a route taken by Hayat Boumedienne, the widow of one of the terrorists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January - though the Foreign Office could not confirm this.
It comes just weeks after an international manhunt was launched to find three London schoolgirls who travelled to Istanbul on their journey to Syria.However, Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, also 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who are pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, are now feared to have reached the conflict zone to become so-called "jihadi brides" with Islamic State.The families of the three girls yesterday released a statement appealing for them to come home immediately.