West Midlands Counter Terrorism officers have today (Thursday 8 September) charged four men with terrorism offences.

They will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday (09/09) to face charges of preparing for terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

They are charged as follows:

Naweed Ali, aged 28, from Sparkhill – Within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court jointly with, Khobaib Hussain (born 11.02.1992), Mohibur Rahman (born 19.07.1984) and Tahir Aziz (born 21.02.1979) between 26 May 2016 and 27 August 2016, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism you engaged in conduct, in preparation for giving effect to that intention. Contrary to sec 5 (a) Terrorism Act 2006.

Khobaib Hussain, aged 24, from Sparkhill – Within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court jointly with, Naweed Ali (born 09.11.1987), Mohibur Rahman (born 19.07.1984) and Tahir Aziz (born 21.02.1979) between 26 May 2016 and 27 August 2016, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism you engaged in conduct, in preparation for giving effect to that intention. Contrary to sec 5 (a) Terrorism Act 2006.

Mohibur Rahman, aged 31, from Stoke on Trent – Within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court jointly with, Khobaib Hussain (born 11.02.1992), Naweed Ali (born 09.11.1987) and Tahir Aziz (born 21.02.1979) between 26 May 2016 and 27 August 2016, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism you engaged in conduct, in preparation for giving effect to that intention. Contrary to sec 5 (a) Terrorism Act 2006.

Tahir Aziz, aged 37, from Stoke on Trent – Within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court jointly with, Khobaib Hussain (born 11.02.1992), Mohibur Rahman (born 19.07.1984) and Naweed Ali (born 09.11.1987) between 26 May 2016 and 27 August 2016, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism you engaged in conduct, in preparation for giving effect to that intention. Contrary to sec 5 (a) Terrorism Act 2006.

The four were arrested on Friday 26th August. As a result of one of the arrests, Army Bomb Disposal Team were called in as a precautionary measure to Florence Street in the city centre.

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A fifth man, aged 18, also arrested on 26 August has been released without charge.