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Mancester police arrest 14-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl on terrorism charges

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LONDON — British police say a teenage boy and girl have been arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

Greater Manchester Police said Sunday a 14-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl have been arrested following two separate police raids that took place Thursday and Friday. Police say they had warrants for both searches.

The two teens have not been named and both have been freed on bail until a May 28 court hearing.

Police say they were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as part of an ongoing investigation.

The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain has surged in recent months as an increasing number of Britons try to travel to Syria to link up with Islamic State group extremists there.

Separately, police are questioning six people arrested earlier Friday in the port city of Dover, which has extensive ferry service linking England to France.

Five men and one woman in their 20s were arrested in a departure lounge there Friday night.

Police have been given permission to question the six until Friday before they have to charged, released, or subjected to another warrant for more questioning.

Earlier this week nine Britons from one family were arrested in Turkey trying to enter Syria. Police said the new arrests are not related to the detention of the family in Turkey.

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