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Two Britons Arrested At Heathrow Over Syria Terror Offences

The pair were detained late on Tuesday night after flying back to the UK.

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Two Britons were arrested at Heathrow airport on Tuesday night on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Hosam Katan / Reuters

Members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra carry their weapons as they walk near al-Zahra village, north of Aleppo city, north Syria, on 23 November after clashes with pro-government fighters.

A 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were detained at 10:30pm Tuesday after returning to the UK on a flight from Istanbul, according to West Midlands police.

The pair, originally from Walsall, were arrested by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and are now being held in the Birmingham area.

"A man and a woman from Walsall have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses," West Midlands police said in a statement.

"Officers say there was no risk to the safety of the flight and that the arrest – which was planned and intelligence-led – has resulted in two addresses in Walsall being searched."

The arrests were made in the middle of the national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which has seen the government unveil new anti-terror laws and thousands of police take to the streets in a show of force, handing out leaflets telling the public what to do in the event of terrorist attack.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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