U.K. police charge 2 women for allegedly funding terrorist activities in Syria
A view of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, is pictured. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:39PM EST
LONDON -- British police say two women have been charged in relation to funding terrorist activities in Syria.
Amal Elwahabi, 27, and Nawal Msaad, 26, were arrested on Jan. 16.
Msaad was detained at London's Heathrow Airport as she prepared to board a flight to Turkey. At the time, officers said they had seized a large quantity of cash. Elwahabi was arrested later that day in northeast London.
Police said Wednesday that both British women have been charged with arranging funds which "they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect" would or might be used "for the purposes of terrorism."
Metropolitan Police added that the charges relate to terrorist activity in Syria, specifically.
The women are to appear at London's Westminster Magistrates' court on Thursday.