British police arrest 8 people on terrorist charges in Birminghamâ‚ª
British counter-terrorism police carrying out pre-dawn raids in the city of Birmingham arrested eight men accused of planning a kidnapping, police said.
The men were accused of committing, preparing or instigating terrorism, police said.
Government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the operation, said the allegation marked a new chapter in terrorist activity in Britain.
Counterterrorism officials said police believed a plot was being formed to kidnap an unidentified target. It was unclear whether the target was to have been a prominent person. The officials spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
Police would not comment on Sky News TV reports that part of the plan was to behead a hostage and post the act on the Internet, and neither the Home Office nor West Midlands police could confirm details of the alleged plot.