London (CNN) — The alleged bombing targets of nine men arrested on terror charges in the United Kingdom a week ago included the London Stock Exchange and the U.S. embassy in London, a prosecutor said in court Monday.
The men, ages 19 to 28, appeared before a senior district judge in the City of Westminster Magistrates Court Monday. They were remanded into custody until their next appearance at Central Criminal Court — London’s Old Bailey — on January 14.
The suspects were ordered them held without bail on charges of conspiracy to cause explosions and other terrorism offenses, West Midlands police said Monday.
“I have reviewed the evidence provided to me by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and I am satisfied there is sufficient for a realistic prospect of conviction, and it is in the public interest that these men should be charged with these offenses,” said Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.
They were arrested in Cardiff in Wales, and London and Stoke-on-Trent in England during raids on December 20. Three others arrested in the raids were released without charges.
The defendants are charged with “unlawfully and maliciously” conspiring to cause an explosion or explosions “likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom,” according to a police statement. They are also accused of conducting research, agreeing on potential targets and testing incendiary material….