Pakistani student held over 'terror document'

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A Pakistani student was being questioned by detectives last night after he was arrested at Birmingham airport on suspicion of terror offences.

The 22-year-old had arrived in the UK on a flight from Dubai and was held on suspicion of being in possession of a document likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said.

The force last night declined to give further details on the nature of the document that was seized from the suspect when he arrived at the airport. It was not immediately clear if he was arrested as a result of an intelligence-led operation or whether the document was found as part of a routine check of his luggage. He was being questioned by West Midlands Police's counter-terrorism unit.

The Pakistani national is studying in the UK at a "fully accredited institution" and has a student visa, police said. He was arrested under section 58 of the Terrorism Act. Under the Act, anyone found guilty faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.