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Apr 28, 2:04 PM EDT

UK police charge 3 with terrorism offenses in Birmingham



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LONDON (AP) -- British police on Thursday charged two men and a woman from Birmingham with terrorism-related offenses in a probe that began after the deadly extremist attacks on Paris and Brussels.

West Midlands Police said the three have been charged with a variety of offenses under Britain's terrorism laws.

Police said Soumaya Boufassil, 29, and Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26, were charged with intending to commit "acts of terrorism" or helping someone else to do so by raising money. Police said this happened between January 1, 2015 and April 8, 2016.

Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, were charged with entering into a deal in which money was made available to another person when they had reason to suspect it would be used for terrorism. Police said this happened on or before July 7, 2015.

The three were among five people arrested April 14-15 in Birmingham and at London's Gatwick Airport, and are to appear Friday in Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

The arrests came one week after Belgian authorities arrested a prime suspect in the deadly March 22 attack on Brussels Airport that killed 16 people. That suspect, Mohamed Abrini, was also wanted in the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris that claimed 130 lives.

One European security official told The Associated Press that Abrini had made multiple trips to Birmingham last year, meeting with other suspected extremists.

A fourth person arrested in the Birmingham group has been freed on bail after being charged with a lesser offense and the fifth person arrested is free on bail while still being investigated.

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