Man held in UK after six-year terror manhunt

Man held in UK after six-year terror manh

The case raises questions on how he was capable of enter the UK (Picture: Getty)

Surgul Ahmadzai, 34, was arrested on a European arrest warrant for “belonging to a proscribed terrorist group” at an undisclosed location final week, and introduced earlier than Westminster Magistrates Courtroom to face extradition to Italy. The Afghan migrant, additionally believed to be linked to individuals smugglers, was earlier arrested with three different suspects when Italian police smashed an alleged five-strong Islamic State terror cell in December 2015 within the southern metropolis of Bari.

He left Italy with one other suspect two days later and had been lacking ever since.

Ahmadzai appeared earlier than magistrates final Tuesday. He was refused bail, as a consequence of his danger of absconding and the character and seriousness of the alleged offence, and remanded into custody forward of a second bail software later this month.

The case raises questions on how he was capable of enter the UK whereas the topic of a global manhunt.

4 of the group, who had all been given refugee standing, had been arrested after allegedly being caught filming inside a purchasing ­centre in Bari, an Italian police press convention heard in Could 2016. Images of different suspected targets, together with London lodges, eating places, a footbridge in Canary Wharf and the Emirates Air Line cable automobile over the Thames, had been allegedly discovered on their telephones. One of many lodges was a Premier Inn on the Westfield purchasing centre in Stratford, east London.

It was suspected that the group deliberate to use migrant routes into the UK by means of Calais. Police additionally found an inventory of people-smuggling prices, and particulars about trafficking in Italy and Calais.

They had been additionally allegedly planning assaults in France, Italy and Belgium, together with Rome’s Colosseum, police stated. Photos of mutilated US troopers had been additionally allegedly found on the telephones.

One of many suspects was allegedly posing with an MS16 rifle in a picture on one of many telephones seized by police.

The refugees had been given journey paperwork in Italy that allowed them to maneuver between international locations within the Schengen zone, however to not the UK, and had flown between seven European cities in 9 days.

A House Workplace spokesman stated: “We don’t touch upon particular person instances.”

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