CCTV images of Zahera Tariq and her children at London City Airport released by police | Photo: Mat Police
A man and woman have been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of preparing for acts of Syria-related terrorism. They were detained at an address in Sparkbrook at around 7.30am on Thursday, West Midlands Police said. The 38-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of preparation for acts of terrorism.
Police said the operation, carried out by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, was pre-planned and intelligence-led. A spokesman said:" There was no immediate threat to public safety."
Earlier this week, a mother feared to have been planning to travel to Syria with her four children was detained in Turkey.
Police were trying to trace Zahera Tariq, 33, her sons Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four, and nine-year-old daughter Safiyyah after they were last seen at her home address in Walthamstow, east London, a week ago.
Scotland Yard said officers received confirmation from Turkish authorities that the mother had been detained in the country, along with the four children, who were all said to be "safe and well".
Several cases have emerged in recent months in which women and children from the UK are feared to have gone to parts of Syria controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).