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Four appear in UK court on terror charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:40 PM EDT, Thu July 19, 2012
A man walks past Westminster Magistrates Court in central London. Four people appeared in court today on terror charges.
A man walks past Westminster Magistrates Court in central London. Four people appeared in court today on terror charges.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Three men are accused of traveling to Pakistan for terrorism training
  • A 22-year-old woman is accused of possessing terrorist material
  • The four are due to appear again in court at the end of July

London (CNN) -- Three men appeared in court in London on Thursday to face accusations of traveling to Pakistan for terrorism training, UK media reported.

A woman charged with having terrorist material also appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, the Press Association news agency reported.

The men were charged Wednesday night with preparing for acts of terrorism, London's Metropolitan Police said.

They are also accused of traveling abroad to commit acts of terrorism and "advising and counselling the commission of terrorism acts by providing information about travel to Pakistan, terrorism training and operational security while there," police said.

Terror arrests in London

Police identified them as Richard Dart, 29, Imran Mahmood, 21, and Jahangir Alom, 26.

Read more: Heightened security in Britain ahead of the Olympics

The woman, Ruksana Begum, 22, was charged at the same time with having a digital memory card containing documents useful to a terrorist, police said.

The four did not enter a plea during Thursday's proceedings.

Police said the offenses occurred between July 25, 2010, and July 6, 2012.

One of the suspects lives in the east London area, where the Olympic Games get under way this month, but police have said the arrests were not connected with the Olympics.

All four have been remanded into custody and will next appear in court on July 31, according to the Press Association.

CNN's Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

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