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Byline: Emma McKinney

SIX Birmingham men are due in court today after being charged in connection with an alleged plot to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK.

The men are due to appear at West London Magistrates' Court this afternoon accused of offences under the Terrorism Act.

They were among eight people arrested a week ago during raids on 14 homes carried out by police and MI5.

Irfan Nasser, 30, of Doris Road, Sparkhill, and Ifran Khalid, 26, of Timbers Way, Sparkbrook, are both facing a charge of planning a terrorist act - allegedly plotting a bombing campaign to be carried out on British soil.

They are each accused of spending ten months - between Christmas Day last year and September 19 this year - preparing a potentially deadly act, with both of them allegedly travelling to Pakistan to train in making bombs, poison and weapons.

Detailed charges released last night by West Midlands Police's counter terrorism unit allege that Nasser and Khalid were willing to be suicide bombers and that they were believed to have purchased items needed to make a home-made explosive device.

The pair are also accused of trying to recruit people to carry out terrorist acts, offering them training and information about how they could make bombs and learn about terrorism in Pakistan. They are also alleged to have made a martyrdom film and collected money to fund terrorism.

Rahin Ahmed, 25, of Moorcroft Road, Moseley, is also accused of planning an act of terrorism between the same dates, including helping people to travel to Pakistan to train in making bombs, weapons and poisons. The charge also accuses him of collecting money for terrorism and investing or managing money for terrorist acts.

Ashik Ali, 26, of White Street, Balsall Heath, is accused of one count of planning a terrorist act between the same dates, including plotting a bombing campaign, providing premises to plan the event and make explosives and stating his intention to be a suicide bomber. The charge also accuses him of learning about explosives and detonators and constructing a homemade bomb, as well as collecting cash for terrorism and recruiting people to train in terrorism and commit terrorist attacks.

A charge against Ashik's brother Bahader Ali, 28, of Turner Street, Sparkbrook, says that between July 29 and September 19 this year he did not share information that he knew could prevent an act of terrorism.

A second charge accuses him of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism.

The sixth man charged, Mohammed Rizwan, 32, of Asquith Road, Sparkbrook, is accused of not sharing information that he knew could prevent an act of terrorism between July 29 and September 19 this year.

A seventh man, aged 20, from Birmingham, continues to be questioned by police. Officers have until Thursday to charge him. Otherwise they will have to release him or apply to the courts to detain him for longer.

An eighth person, a 22-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000, was released on bail last Monday.
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Date:Sep 26, 2011
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