A science teacher has been charged with preparing to help others commit acts of terrorism in Syria.
Jamshed Javeed, 29, who teaches at Sharples High School in Bolton, was charged with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism and engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention, Greater Manchester Police said.
Javeed, from Levenshulme, Manchester, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Thursday.
Officers investigating other people suspected of being involved in travelling to Syria or supporting the jihad effort there arrested four people on Wednesday.
Two men aged 18 and 29 and a 21-year-old woman remain in police custody for questioning.
They were detained on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
A number of properties were also being searched, police said , adding that the arrests were not linked to any domestic terror threat.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the force’s North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, said yesterday: “First and foremost I should reassure everyone that none of today’s activity is linked in any way to any imminent threats in Greater Manchester or the UK.
“The operation has been running since autumn 2013 since we first became aware of a number of individuals travelling from the North West to the battlefields of Syria.
“You may have seen headlines in recent months linking people from Manchester to Syria and you will naturally have been concerned about this.
“Like other major cities across the UK we have been aware for some time of people travelling to war-torn places for terrorism-related purposes. This is not a problem unique to Manchester or the North West – it is an issue that affects different communities across the country and elsewhere.”