Five teenagers were arrested in London on Monday on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, the Metropolitan Police confirmed. The males were detained after searches at four residential addresses.
One of those arrested is 15, one is 16, two are 17 and the fourth is 19. The arrests relate to plans to travel to join a proscribed organization. All five are being questioned at a central London police station.
The police have not yet provided details on which organization the teenagers were attempting to join, but police confirmed the arrests came following raids at four different homes last month.
“Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command have today, Monday, February 20, arrested five males under 20-years-old on suspicion of Preparation of Terrorist Acts, Contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006,” a Met Police spokesman said.