U.K. police arrested five men between 21 and 35 years old as part of an anti-terrorism investigation today.
All five were arrested at homes as part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation and are still in custody in a central London police station, the Metropolitan Police said in an e-mailed statement.
“Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command have today, Tuesday 24 April, arrested five men on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,” the department said.
Five homes in Luton, north of London, are being searched in connection with the inquiry, police said.
In an unrelated case, London police charged two 24-year-old men over a terror plot earlier this month. The men appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court charged with offenses under British terror laws, police said at the time.
Last week, the U.K.’s effort to deport the Islamic cleric known as Abu Qatada to Jordan to face trial on terrorism charges was blocked by the European Court of Human Rights until judges there decide whether to again take up his case.