Two women arrested in Britain on terror grounds

A sign is seen outside New Scotland Yard in central London, on Jan 10, 2014. British police arrested two women on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, including one who was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, Scotland Yard said. -- FILE PH
A sign is seen outside New Scotland Yard in central London, on Jan 10, 2014. British police arrested two women on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, including one who was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, Scotland Yard said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British police arrested two women on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, including one who was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, Scotland Yard said.

Counter-terror police arrested the women aged 26 and 27 "on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism", London's police headquarters said.

A Scotland Yard spokesman would not comment on whether the arrests were in connection with foreign fighters travelling to fight in Syria, across the border from Turkey.

Officers "acting on intelligence" stopped the 26-year-old at London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 as she was preparing to catch a flight to Istanbul, the force said in a statement.

A large quantity of cash was also seized, police said.

The 27-year-old woman was arrested several hours later at a house in north-west London.

The pair remain in custody and detectives are searching two premises in London.

"Both arrests were intelligence-led and not in response to any immediate threat or risk," the police statement said.

British police have arrested a number of people under anti-terror laws in recent months on suspicion of going to Syria to fight with jihadi groups.

Two men arrested on Monday at Heathrow on suspicion of terror offences after arriving on a flight from Istanbul remain in custody.