Birmingham men face Islamic State charge

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Three Birmingham men have been charged with attempting to leave the UK to join the Islamic State group in Syria.

Gabriel Rasmus, Anas Abdalla and Mahamuud Diini were arrested at Dover on 3 April.

In a brief statement, West Midlands Police said the men would appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

They are charged with preparing for acts of terrorism between September 2014 and April 2015.

Two other men who were arrested at the same time are no longer being held on suspicion of terrorism offences – but are being investigated by immigration officers.

A woman who was also arrested faces no further action.


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