UK: 4 soldiers linked to neo-Nazi group planned terror attack

Four British soldiers were detained on suspicion they were preparing a terror attack.  

British police arrested four serving members of the British army under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday.

The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had arrested four people in central England alleged to be members of the neo-Nazi group National Action. The group is banned in the UK, and an official list of banned groups describes it as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”

The force said the men were suspected of “being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation” of terrorism acts. They were detained as part of a “pre-planned and intelligence-led” operation and there was “no threat to the public’s safety.”

Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed that the four men are serving members of the army.

“We can confirm that a number of serving members of the army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far-right group,” the army said in a statement.

Several properties were raided in connection with the arrests.

Membership or inviting support for National Action is a criminal offense that carries a sentence of up to 10 years. The group has been linked to the murder of Labour lawmaker Jo Cox in 2016.

Read  WATCH: Paris subway passengers chant 'f*** the Jews, we are Nazis'

Home Secretary Amber Rudd banned National Action after an assessment that it was “concerned in terrorism” ahead of the trial of right-wing extremist Thomas Mair, who was convicted in Cox’s murder.

By: AP