Three charged over the Tel Aviv suicide bombing

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The wife, brother and sister of the British man alleged to have fled the scene of last week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv were charged last night under the Terrorism Act.

The wife, brother and sister of the British man alleged to have fled the scene of last week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv were charged last night under the Terrorism Act.

Police last night said they had charged Zahid Hussain Sharif, 46, Paveen Sharif, 35, and Tahari Tabassum, 27, under section 38 of the Terrorism Act 2000, for "failure to disclose information about acts of terrorism".

The three, all from Derbyshire, where Omar Khan Sharif, 27, who is alleged to have fled the scene of the bombing, was from, will appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London, amid tight security, today.

Paveen Sharif, who is Mr Sharif's sister, is also charged under Section 62 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which relates to aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring acts of terrorism overseas.

Zahid and Paveen Sharif were arrested in Derbyshire and Tabassum, Mr Sharif's wife, in Nottinghamshire, last Friday.

A police spokesman said no further details would be released ahead of their court appearance.

Three other people, two men and a woman, arrested last Friday and Saturday in Derbyshire and London were released without charge.

Police had until tonight to either release, or charge, the six.

Asif Mohammed Hanif, 21, of Hounslow, west London, detonated a device in the doorway of Mike's Place, a bar in Tel Aviv, in the early hours of last Wednesday, killing three other people.

The whereabouts of Sharif, who is alleged to have fled after his device failed to detonate, remains a mystery.

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