Manchester: Preacher arrested in terrorism recruitment investigation

Manchester: Preacher arrested in terrorism recruitment investigation

A RELIGIOUS leader is among five men arrested on suspicion of terrorism.

The Muslim preacher and three others were arrested in raids across Greater Manchester this morning.

The man, who has not been named, teaches the Koran at a number of mosques across the region.

The 62-year-old was arrested at his home on Willows Lane, Deane, Bolton.

"I'm surprised. He carries out spiritual sessions twice-a-week. He is very spiritual," said one source within the Muslim community.


It is understood this morning's raids were part of an investigation into terror training camps in Afghanistan which may have led to a terror plot overseas.

Police sources have stressed the threat was not 'imminent' nor aimed at the UK.

The Counter Terrorism Unit of Greater Manchester Police swooped on the addresses from around 4am.

The raids were culmination of a year-long investigation into the recruitment here of would-be terrorists for training in Afghanistan.

The five men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and also inciting an act of terrorism overseas.


Source: South Manchester Reporter

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