Tuesday, July 21, 2015

21-Jul-15: In the UK, something big appears to have been thwarted, but just what is not so clear

Marlow Avenue Luton [Click to have a closer look via Google Maps]
Sky News is reporting this evening (Tuesday) that Junead Ahmed Khan, 24, has been charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism, in particular a terrorist attack on American military personnel in Britain. In addition, he faces charges of "plotting to travel to Syria" with an uncle of his, 22-year-old Shazib Ahmed Khan, to join ISIS.

Both lived on Marlow Avenue, Luton, Bedfordshire in the UK [source]. And both were remanded in custody today after appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. (That's their street above, courtesy of Google Maps.)

Sky says their target was the RAF Lakenheath base in Suffolk, where some 5,000 US Air Force personnel are based, along with 2,000 British and American civilian staff. It's where the US 48th Fighter Wing is located and from where F-15 Eagle tactical fighters took part in operations in Libya in 2011. Other than that, very few details have emerged.

They will next appear at London's Central Criminal Courts on August 10 to answer charges under the Terrorism Act 2006. Their arrest by armed members of Bedfordshire Police and the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorist Command Unit happened a week ago at two addresses in the Luton area, and were part of "an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism".

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