Serving British Army member charged with terrorism offences

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A serving member of the British Army has been charged with terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police said last night.

Daniel Abed Khalif is accused of leaving an item that had the appearance of a bomb in the Staffordshire town of Beaconside, the force said in a statement.

He has been charged with placing an article "with the intention of inducing in another a belief that the said article was likely to explode or ignite and thereby cause personal injury or damage to property" in Beaconside, Stafford, on or before January 2 of this year.

The 21-year-old is also accused of eliciting or attempting to elicit information that could be useful to a person committing or preparing to commit an act of terrorism, on August 2 2021, also in Beaconside.

He was initially arrested in January last year but was rearrested on Thursday this week and charged with terrorism offences on Friday following an investigation by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command.

He remains in police custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.

The Ministry of Defence was unable to comment on the matter last night, but a spokesperson said it was expected to respond on Saturday.