Police are given more time to quiz terror suspects

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Police have been given more time to question five terror suspects, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Two men, aged 33 and 43, were held as they tried to leave the UK at Dover port on Sunday.

A further two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested in east London early on Monday, and a 28-year-old man was held in Dover later that same day.

All five are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

It is understood the police operation is in connection to Syria-related terrorism.

Four addresses in east London and one in south London are also being searched as part of the investigation, as are a further two addresses in north Wales.

The news came as another man arrested at Dover on Sunday was charged with people-trafficking offences.

Substantial to severe

The 37-year old, whose name was given by police as Laurentia-vasilica Zahria, of no fixed abode, was charged with facilitating non-European Union travel to a member state, the Met Police said. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

At the same time as Mr Zahria's arrest, a further 12 men and one woman who were also stopped in the same vehicle, were also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences by Home Office immigration enforcement officers.

The Home Office said the group were believed to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria and Morocco, and have been detained pending further inquiries.

The terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe in August.

Fears of a terrorist attack on the UK have been heightened in the wake of the rise of Islamic State (IS), the extremist group that has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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