MANCHESTER, England “” Police on Wednesday arrested nine people suspected of giving support to terrorism outside Britain, Greater Manchester Police said.
Police served warrants at a number of addresses beginning at 3 a.m. local time, the force said. About 500 officers were involved in the operation, and searches were continuing at several locations, police said.
Greater Manchester Police said those arrested were “suspected of facilitating terrorism abroad,” but gave no details of the suspected offenses. One suspect was released within hours.
“We are not talking today about a direct threat to the U.K.,” said Michael Todd, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.
“We are talking about the facilitation of terrorism overseas. That could include funding, providing support and encouragement to terrorists,” he said.
Police would not comment on a report by Press Association, the British news agency, that said the arrests were related to terrorism in Iraq…