British Police Arrest Soldiers Accused Of Right-Wing Terrorism

British Police Arrest Soldiers Accused Of Right-Wing Terrorism

British police have arrested several serving soldiers on Tuesday on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks as part of the neo-Nazi group National Action.

Four men aged between 22 and 32, from different areas of Britain, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the “commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism” through membership of a proscribed organisation, West Midlands Police said.

“The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public safety,” the police said in a statement, adding that officers were searching several properties linked to the arrests.
A British Army statement confirmed that “a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far-right group.”

It said the arrests followed a police operation supported by the army.

“This is now the subject of a civilian police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the statement said.
The government had banned National Action in December, making it the first extreme right-wing group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.
“National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology,” Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said when she announced the ban.
“Proscribing it will prevent its membership from growing, stop the spread of poisonous propaganda and protect vulnerable young people at risk of radicalisation from its toxic views,” Rudd said.

Anti-fascist campaigners Hope Not Hate estimated that National Action had less than 100 members in December.

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