National Security

UK Authorities Charge Three on Terrorism Offenses

The aftermath of explosions in Brussels Tuesday / Ralph Usbeck via AP

Three individuals were charged in the United Kingdom on Thursday on terrorism crimes during a joint investigation following the Paris and Brussels attacks.

The two men charged, Mohammad Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Bouffassil, were indicted for funding terrorism, according to the BBC.

Ahmed along with the third, a woman named Soumaya Boufassil, were separately charged with raising money "with the intention of committing acts of terrorism" or assisting an accomplice to commit those acts, according to police.

They were among five others who police arrested in Birmingham, England and at London’s Gatwick Airport earlier this month. The trio will appear in court Friday.

A fourth man, Fazal Sajjad Younis Khan, was charged with possession of tear gas.

The U.K.’s counter-intelligence Security Service investigation involving Belgian and French authorities heightened after jihadists detonated bombs at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station, killing 35 people. The Islamic State terrorist group took credit for the attacks.

When authorities arrested the five suspects last month, police said that there was "no risk to the public" and no indications that "an attack in the U.K. was being planned."

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Monday that ISIS has terrorist cells in the U.K., Germany, and Italy. He said U.S. intelligence officials "continue to see evidence of plotting" on behalf of ISIS in those three nations.

Top U.S. officials have urged European leaders to improve information sharing between nations so that intelligence authorities can better track potential jihadists.