LONDON, April 16, (Agencies): Police in Britain Saturday arrested a man at an airport on suspicion of carrying out “Syria-related terrorism offences,” they said. The 18-year-old man from Birmingham, central England, was held at Manchester airport in northwest England after landing in Britain Saturday morning, according to a statement from West Midlands Police. Officers stressed the arrest was not linked to the detention of fi ve other people from Birmingham on Thursday and Friday but gave no further details. Police said Friday that those fi ve arrests were made after investigations involving the Belgian and French authorities “to address any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe”. Officers declined to comment in more detail on any possible link to attacks in Belgium last month and in France in November in which a total of 162 people were killed.
Moroccan man and a Spanish woman with links to Islamic State were arrested in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras on Saturday as they were trying to leave for Morocco with their young son, the interior ministry said. The couple were part of a group that supported and recruited Islamic State fi ghters, including individuals that had carried out suicide bomb attacks in Syria, a ministry statement said. The man’s brother had recently died in a suicide bomb attack and that was why the couple were travelling to Morocco in a hurry, the ministry said without giving further details. Their son has been put in care, it said