Four army members arrested over alleged neo-Nazi terror plot in UK

Four men who served in the British army were arrested on suspicion of being members of a banned neo-Nazi group and preparing acts of terror, officials said.

The men are alleged to belong to National Action, a far-right group that was banned in the U.K. in December 2016, with membership or support carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said Tuesday the men were detained as part of a “pre-planned and intelligence-led” operation and there was no threat to the general public’s safety.

Police told Sky News the men being held are a 22 year old from Birmingham, a 32 year old from Powys, a 24 year old from Ipswich and a 24 year old from Northampton.

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The men are being held at the West Midlands police station.

Several properties were raided at the time of the arrests, as well.

“National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organization which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it," British Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Parliament at the time of National Action's banning, Sky News reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.