Appeal for calm as four people are arrested in raid at jihadi’s old home

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THE public has nothing to fear despite four people being arrested during anti-terror raids in Portsmouth.

That’s the message that is being sent out today by community leaders after three men and a woman were arrested at the former home of dead jihadi Ifthekar Jaman over terrorism offences yesterday.

Pictured: Raid on suspected terrorism in Portsmouth this morning.''Ten police officers have  arrived at a terraced house in Southsea, Hants - the home of a jihadist who was killed in Syria.''A uniformed policeman is stationed by the door to the white house, where the glass pane of the front door has been smashed in.''Neighbours said they were woken at around 6.30am by police officers running through the street outside towards the house.''� Victoria Jones/Solent News & Photo Agency'UK +44 (0) 2380 458800

Pictured: Raid on suspected terrorism in Portsmouth this morning.''Ten police officers have arrived at a terraced house in Southsea, Hants - the home of a jihadist who was killed in Syria.''A uniformed policeman is stationed by the door to the white house, where the glass pane of the front door has been smashed in.''Neighbours said they were woken at around 6.30am by police officers running through the street outside towards the house.''� Victoria Jones/Solent News & Photo Agency'UK +44 (0) 2380 458800

Mr Jaman’s parents Enu Miah, 57, and Hena Choudhury, 48, were living at Hudson Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth, along with his brothers Mustakim Jaman, 23, and Tuhin, 26.

The former chef (pictured) had travelled to Syria to fight with Isil but died in December last year.

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones said: ‘This has been going on in Portsmouth for the last 18 months. Hampshire’s anti-terrorism unit is very robust.

‘There is no need for people to fear and for panic to break out and we are doing all we can to protect people’s safety both here and abroad.’

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These calls were echoed by Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, a leading figure in the Bangladeshi Muslim community in Portsmouth, who said parents are keeping a watchful eye on their children in the city.

He said families were remaining vigilant since a group of men went to fight in war-torn Syria.

He told The News: ‘Since we realised a few people left from the city, every single parent is keeping an eye on their teenage son or daughters.’

Mr Tanzam said it was an isolated problem. He said: ‘If anyone belongs to those groups they should be punished.’

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Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Liberal Democrat group leader, said: ‘The advice from police is there is no more of a problem here than anywhere else in the country.

‘The numbers given is that out of 200 British people who went to Syria, five were from Portsmouth. There is an issue clearly, but there are difficulties everywhere.’

There has also been a call that the terror arrests should not prompt a backlash against Muslims in the city.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said: ‘There are real concerns for what effect the arrests will have in relation to the rest of the community here.

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‘I would hope people would not cause problems where there shouldn’t be within the general community in Portsmouth.

‘I don’t want the Muslim population in Portsmouth to be singled out in any way for special treatment over these arrests.

‘The police and security services are on top of this problem. We should leave it to them to deal with and hopefully nobody will try to wind things up so that there is a backlash against all of those law-abiding people in the Islamic community.’

Two men, 26 and 23, both from Portsmouth, were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

A 57-year-old man from Portsmouth, was arrested under Section 38(b) of the same act failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, Section 5 1(a) Terrorism Act 2006 engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and Section 17 Terrorism Act 2000 arranging availability of money and property for use in terrorism.

A 48-year-old woman from Portsmouth was arrested under Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

Counter-terrorism police had smashed in the front-door window at the home in the raid. Thames Valley Police said the arrests were linked to the conflict in Syria.

They were carrying out a search at the terraced home and a silver Ford Focus parked outside.

It comes after counter-terrorism police searched the Jaman family home in April.

University of Portsmouth student Cordell Thompson, 19, said: ‘Police were just shouting lots.

‘They had bandannas on where you can only see their eyes.’

‘Radicalised men do not have views challenged’

MEN with radical views are not being challenged, a member of the Muslim community in Portsmouth has said.

Sumaiya Ahtia, 19, worships at the Jami Mosque in Victoria Road North.

She said: ‘It’s silly to ignore the fact a number have gone to fight in Syria from Portsmouth.

‘It’s a high concentration for such a small community.

‘Predominantly they are male Bangladeshis. They’re being ostracised by other members of the community.

‘They don’t really have a platform to discuss and have their views challenged.

‘They can’t go to the mosque and talk about it or their parents. They’re going to online forums.’

City leaders have said the problem of men going to fight in Syria must be tackled – but say it is not a huge problem.

It comes as three men and a woman were arrested at a house in Hudson Road, Somers Town, yesterday.

Student Olivia Edmonds, 20, said: ‘My housemate was woken up by the screaming and commotion.

‘We were all quite afraid and shaken up by it.’

Another neighbour Rees, 19, who asked The News not to publish his full name, was woken up by a loud bang.

He said: ‘We heard a massive bang and lots of shouting. I heard shouting and police running into the house.’

Passer-by Beau Willoughby, 21, of nearby Crabbe Court, said: ‘The whole thing is disgusting. It’s on your doorstep.

‘It’s appalling living this close to it and knowing it’s in Portsmouth.’

Portsmouth City Council leader Cllr Donna Jones said: ‘We need to be working with the police and the Muslim community.

‘There is an issue in a number of cities.’

Fighters from city head to war-torn country

IFTHEKAR Jaman was thrust into the limelight when he appeared on a national news television programme.

The 23-year-old, who was fighting in Syria, boldly claimed: ‘I am Isis. We are trying to establish the law of God, the law of Allah.’

In December last year he was killed in the fighting. He is one of a number of men from the city to have travelled to Syria.

Then in May this year, Mashudur Choudhury, 31, was found guilty of terrorism offences. The father-of-two was the first person in the UK to be convicted under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 over terrorist offences connected to Syria.

Choudhury, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, went to the country intending to join a terrorist training camp in October. He was arrested at Gatwick Airport later that month.

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, had left the UK last October after telling his family he was going to deliver aid to Syria as part of a ‘convoy’.

In August it emerged the former Primark store worker had died in late July.

Yesterday’s dawn terror raids led by Thames Valley Police in Portsmouth, Farnborough, and Greenwich, in south east London, saw six people arrested.

More men are believed to have left Portsmouth and still be with Isil in Syria or Iraq.

As reported yesterday, it comes as Jessica Cantlie, the sister of the photojournalist James Cantlie who is being held by Isil, wants the terrorist group to restart talks with his family, who live in Droxford.

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