In the Media

Four men charged with terror offences following Luton arrest

PUBLISHED April 30, 2012

Zahid Iqbal, 30, Mohammed Sharfaraz, 24, Syed Hussain, 21, and Umar Arshad, 23, will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court today charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, or assisting others to commit such acts.

In addition Iqbal was also charged with being in possession of copies of the Al Qaeda magazine, Inspire and a publication called 44 Ways to Support Jihad.

Sharfaraz is charged with having copies of Inspire magazine, a copy of 44 Ways to Support Jihad and a publication called 21 Techniques of Silent Killing.

Arshad allegedly owned a range of similar material and also a book entitled The al Qaeda Manual, while Hussain is alleged to have owned publications including The Book of Jihad and The Explosives Course 2.

No details were given as to what the men were allegedly planning.

They were arrested last week at their homes in Luton as part of a "pre-planned, intelligence led" operation.

Piers Arnold, specialist prosecutor from the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "After carefully considering evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service, I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to jointly charge Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain with an offence contrary to section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

"It is alleged that between 1 January 2011 and 25 April 2012 the men committed acts of terrorism, or assisted others to commit such acts, or were engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.

The alleged conduct included: facilitating, planning and encouraging travel overseas organising, encouraging and participating in physical training purchasing survival equipment downloading, researching and discussing electronic files containing practical instruction for a terrorist attack discussing methods, materials and targets for a terrorist attack including firearms and improvised explosive devices collecting and supplying funds for terrorist purposes overseas."