UK ter­ror po­lice ar­rest 3 men over al­leged neo-nazi links Sui­cide bomber kills 2 in south­east Iran

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LON­DON: The UK’S coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cials on Thurs­day ar­rested three men on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ism of­fences linked with a far-right neoNazi group.

Of­fi­cers stormed the homes of a 17-year-old boy from Lon­don, a 21-year-old man from south­west­ern town of Bath and an 18-year-old man from Portsmouth early on Thurs­day morn­ing as part of pre-planned raids by the North East Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit.

The sus­pects are be­ing in­ter­viewed by po­lice as four prop­er­ties in Bath, Leeds, Lon­don and Portsmouth con­tinue to be searched.

“The ar­rests were pre­planned and part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ex­treme right-wing ac­tiv­ity,” said a spokesper­son for the North East Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit.

The 21-year-old was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing ma­te­rial use­ful to some­one pre­par­ing an act of ter­ror­ism and con­spir­acy to in­spire racial or re­li­gious ha­tred. The 17-year-old was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror­ism, dis­sem­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ist pub­li­ca­tions, and con­spir­acy to in­spire racial or re­li­gious ha­tred.

The 18-year-old was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror­ism and dis­sem­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ist pub­li­ca­tions.

Bri­tain’s counter-ter­ror­ism chiefs have re­peat­edly warned against the ris­ing threat of far­right ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­ity in the coun­try.

Lat­est UK Home Of­fice fig­ures re­leased in Septem­ber in­di­cated a grow­ing threat from far-right ex­trem­ism in the coun­try, as a to­tal of 351 ar­rests were made over the past year un­til June 2018 where ter­ror­ism-re­lated ac­tiv­ity was sus­pected, with 133 of them white and 129 recorded as Asian eth­nic ap­pear­ance.

“This was the first time, since the year end­ing June 2005, that the pro­por­tion of white peo­ple ar­rested has ex­ceeded the pro­por­tion of Asian peo­ple ar­rested,” a Home Of­fice state­ment had noted. TEHRAN: A sui­cide bomber killed at least two peo­ple and wounded many more out­side po­lice head­quar­ters in the port city of Chaba­har in restive south­east­ern Iran on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to a re­vised of­fi­cial toll.

Chaba­har lies in Sis­tan­baluchis­tan prov­ince which has long been a flash­point, with Pak­istan-based Baluchi sep­a­ratists and Sunni Mus­lim ex­trem­ists car­ry­ing out cross­bor­der at­tacks tar­get­ing the Shi­ite au­thor­i­ties.

“This ter­ror­ist act led to the mar­tyr­dom of two mem­bers of the po­lice force,” the prov­ince’s deputy gov­er­nor in charge of se­cu­rity, Mo­ham­mad Hadi Marashi, told state tele­vi­sion.

Chaba­har city gov­er­nor Rah­mdel Bameri said ear­lier that four peo­ple were killed and many more wounded when the bomber blew up a car, but later re­vised the death toll to two.

“The ex­plo­sion was very strong and broke the glass of many build­ings close by,” Bameri told state tele­vi­sion.

Many nearby shop own­ers and civil­ian passers-by, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, were se­verely wounded, he added.

Chaba­har lies some 100 kilo­me­tres (60 miles) west of the Pak­istan bor­der and is home to a large, mainly Sunni Mus­lim eth­nic Baluchi com­mu­nity which strad­dles the two coun­tries.

The num­ber of as­sailants was not im­me­di­ately clear.

“The ter­ror­ists tried to en­ter Chaba­har po­lice head­quar­ters but they were pre­vented by the guards and they det­o­nated the car bomb,” Marashi said without elab­o­rat­ing on how many as­sailants took part.

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