BIRMINGHAM, England – A prosecutor confirmed Friday that one of several people arrested in Birmingham has been charged with plotting to kidnap and kill a soldier and faces terrorism charges.
The Crown Prosecution Service's statement was the first official confirmation of reports that the men are accused of hatching a plot to kill a soldier.
"One has been charged with an offense of engaging in conduct to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the armed forces," prosecutor Sue Hemming told a news conference, identifying the man as Parviz Khan, 36.
Four other men charged with terrorism offenses on Friday were named as Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 29, Hamid Elasmar, 43, and Amjad Mahmood, 31.
Previously, officials refused to confirm media reports that police were investigating an alleged plot to kidnap, torture and behead a British Muslim soldier.
The five men were to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates in London Friday. A sixth man remains in custody in Coventry, but he has not been charged.
Three other men who were arrested in last week's raids have been released without charge.
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