A teenager has been charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

Kazi Jawad Islam, 18, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, August 13.

Scotland Yard said he has been charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

Islam, of Manor Park, east London, has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The charge comes a few months after the national terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe, meaning a terrorist attack is “highly likely”. This assessment is separate from the evaluation concerning police officers.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the level against a backdrop of increasing concerns over hundreds of aspiring British jihadis travelling to Iraq and Syria to learn terrorist “tradecraft” and fight alongside terror groups such as Islamic State.

Last month, five men appeared in court accused of conspiring to shoot dead police and soldiers in London in a terror plot inspired by Isil, also known asIslamic State – the jihadist militant group which has beheaded a number of Britons and other westerners in Syria.

The terror group, which is also known as Isis, wants to create an Islamic state across Syria and Iraq.

It has been accused by human rights group Amnesty International of turning Iraq into “blood-soaked killing fields”.

-Courtesy of telegraph

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