Mamun Rashid, a 26-year-old from east London was charged with a terrorism offence after an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.

The authorities confirmed in a statement that Rashid was charge on Sunday 17th November with “preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 (1) (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

This comes after another two men were arrested on Tuesday 12th November with suspicion of terrorist offences.

Rashid was summoned to Westminster Magistrates’ court on Monday 18th according to the BBC. He was there only to confirm his name, address, DOB and confirm that he’s a British citizen.

The 26-year-old was arrested last Thursday at Heathrow airport after landing from an inbound flight from Turkey.

It followed after Turkish officials said that they deported a British man suspected of being a member of the so-called Islamic State.

The Met Police stated after apprehending the suspect that the case was Syria-related with the Home Office so far refusing to disclose any more details.

Domestic terrorism has been an increased concern in Britain for the last few years.

According to the Home Office’s quarterly update report (June 2019) on Counter Terrorism Operations, 266 arrests for terrorism-related activity were made in the year ending 30 June 2019.

Out of that number, 25 people were convicted for a terrorism-related offence.

After the summons at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Rashid was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at the Old Bailey in December.

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