Barking man among five charged with terrorism offences

A Barking man is the latest person to be arrested and charged in connection with terrorism offences.

Five people have now been charged following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command which saw a series of arrests earlier this month.

All five will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

Khalid Baqa, 47, of Priory Road, Barking, was arrested yesterday in east London and charged last night with three counts of possession of terrorist material and one count of dissemination of terrorist material, all dating from July 5.

According to the charges, Baqa is said to have had CDs containing a document entitled 39 Ways to Support and Participate in Jihad, as well as a number of issues of a magazine called Inspire, which it is said he planned to distribute.

Three other men were also charged last night with offences that involved travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism between July 2010 and July 2012.

A woman was also charged with possessing terrorist material.

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All four were arrested between July 5 and 7.

Richard Dart, 29, of Broadway, Ealing, Imran Mahmood, 21, of Dabbs Hill Lane, Northolt and Jahangir Alom, 26, of Abbey Road, Stratford, are all charged with preparing for acts of terrorism between July 25, 2010 and July 6, 2012.

The woman, Ruksana Begum, 22, of Provost Estate, Islington, is charged with possession of a digital memory card containing a document likely to be of use to a terrorist, from July 5.