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Five men held in England under terror laws police

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British police arrested five men under anti-terrorism laws in the central English city of Birmingham today.

The five were aged between 29 and 35 and were arrested at around 6:00 a.m. on suspicion of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Two business properties were also searched as part of the investigation.

"This action comes as a result of a long and complex investigation by the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit," police said in a statement.

"It is not related to any immediate plot or threat to public safety and police are not currently seeking anyone else in relation to these arrests."

Britain has been on heightened alert since bombings on London’s public transport network in July 2005 left 56 dead, including the bombers.

The country’s terror threat level is currently at "severe", the second-highest of five levels.