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Seven people were arrested in the U.K. as part of an investigation into large-scale money laundering with apparent links to terrorism in Syria, British police said Wednesday.

London's Metropolitan Police said the six men and one woman — between the ages of 21 and 38 — are suspected of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. They were detained in the London area.

The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into "a large scale fraud linked to U.K. extremists travelling to Syria" in which suspects impersonating police officers cold called "unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly victims."

— Cassandra Vinograd