Police in Britain today (December 20, 2010) arrested 12 men -- ranging in age from 17 to 28 -- accused of plotting a large-scale terror attack on targets in the United Kingdom (UK), according to the Associated Press website.
The suspects had been under surveillance for several weeks, and were believed to have links to Pakistan and Bangladesh, security officials said.
Police swooped in before dawn this morning in coordinated raids on houses in four cities -- London, the Welsh city of Cardiff, and English cities of Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.
John Yates -- Britain's senior counterterrorism police officer -- said today's raids indicated that the dozen suspects across the UK were planning something big. The suspects -- believed to be Islamist militants -- are British nationals with links to Pakistan and Bangladesh.