LONDON - Nine men suspected of plotting attacks on the U.S. Embassy and the London Stock Exchange were charged with terrorism-related crimes yesterday and jailed until their next court appearance.
A dozen men were arrested last week in London, Cardiff and Stoke-on-Trent in central England in the largest British anti-terror raid in two years. Three were released. The arrests came at a time of heightened anxiety about terror plots in Europe.
British officials have released few details, but U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the American Embassy in London was among the alleged plot's possible targets.
"[We] are obviously taking suitable security precautions," Toner told reporters in Washington.
U.K. officials have previously said that possible targets included the Houses of Parliament in London and shopping areas elsewhere in the U.K. Others on the potential target list included the London Stock Exchange as well as political and religious figures, the BBC reported, citing court proceedings.
Britain's terror alert has remained unchanged at "severe" while Germany upped its terror alert Nov. 17 in response to an increased threat from Islamic extremists.
Police said that the conspiracy started Oct. 1 and continued until Dec. 20, the day of the arrests.