LONDON — Police said Thursday they had arrested an eighth suspect in the second city of Birmingham as part of a major pre-planned counter-terrorism operation targeting Islamic extremists.
Detectives swooped overnight Sunday to arrest six men and a woman — all British passport holders — on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
Police sources said the operation targeted Islamists.
“Police have arrested another man in connection with a major counter terrorism operation in Birmingham,” West Midlands Police said in a statement.
The 20-year-old was arrested at around 6:00pm (1700 GMT) “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK (contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000).
“He was arrested at a police station, which he had agreed to attend.
“The six men arrested earlier in the week continue to be questioned. Officers have until Sunday night to charge or release them, or apply for a warrant of further detention.”
The six, all from the Birmingham area in central England, are aged between 25 and 32.
The woman detained in connection with the operation was given police bail pending further enquiries.