Birmingham pair in court over Syria terror claims

Two men have appeared in court in London charged with travelling to Syria to engage in terrorism.

Yusuf Sawar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 21, from Handsworth, Birmingham, were arrested at Heathrow Airport on Monday after a flight from Istanbul, Turkey.

They appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where they spoke to confirm their names and dates of birth.

They were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey in London on 31 January.

The pair, who stood in the dock wearing plain dark jumpers and with short beards, spoke to confirm their names and dates of birth.

They are accused of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and of planning and travelling to Syria, via Turkey, in May in order to engage in acts of terrorism.

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