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Police: Syria-related terror arrests at Heathrow

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012

Concerns are particularly acute in Britain, which is home to a large Muslim population and suffered a devastating 2005 terrorist attack perpetrated by British-born Islamists. Fears that British Muslims might be slipping into Syria to join al-Qaida extremists were heightened in August when freelance photographer John Cantlie claimed he had been held hostage by a group of extremists including a man he identified as having a London accent.

Scotland Yard said in a statement released early Wednesday that anti-terror officers arrested a man and a woman, both 26, after they flew into the airport from Egypt late Tuesday.

Police did not make clear whether the suspects were thought to be returning from or heading to Syria. The statement said that officers were searching two homes in east London as part of the investigation.

The statement added that the pair were arrested on suspicion of the "commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" but did not release their names, nationalities, or any other identifying information.