London police arrest 6 in raids, foiling active terrorist plot

Miranda GreerApr 29, 2017

The arrest was unconnected to anti-terror raids in northwest London and Kent on Thursday evening, in which a woman was shot by police and six people were arrested.

The man, 27, arrested near parliament on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, remains detained "on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism".

The woman who was shot when armed police raided the house at around 7pm remains in hospital under police guard and has not yet been arrested because of her condition, which is described as serious but stable.

Scotland Yard said the Willesden house had been "under observation by counter-terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation" but added that the incident was not connected to the suspected attempted terrorist attack in Westminster earlier on Thursday. Ruth Haile, who lives in the road, said she heard shots and saw an injured woman being treated. "Activity continues around the clock to identify and stop these threats and we are making arrests on a near daily basis", Basu said. "It was English just like us, with a British accent; London, like us", she said.

The knife incident came just over a month after a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a auto into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament.

In both the Willesden and Parliament incidents, "we have contained the threat that they posed", Basu said. Searches were also carried out at three London addresses. "Because of her condition she has not yet been arrested", the top police officer said.

"The police were dressed like normal fellas and then all of a sudden they put on balaclavas and they rushed at the woman".

He said: "My heart sank because he was a really, really great friend and an fantastic person at school and to be connected with something like this broke my heart".

The official threat level for worldwide terrorism now stands at severe, indicating that an attack is "highly likely".

The British Muslim shot dead during a terror attack on parliament in March had claimed he was waging jihad in revenge against Western military action in countries in the Middle East, it emerged on Friday. She had not been arrested due to her condition.

A 16-year-old boy, a man and woman, both aged 20, were arrested during the operation in Willesden area of north London.

Ian Moss, who was traveling on a bus on Whitehall, said the man didn't appear to be struggling.

Britain's official threat level from global terrorism stand at the second-highest level, "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

Just weeks before Masood's attack in Westminster, London's counter-terrorism police chief said the security services had thwarted 13 terrorism attempts since May 2013, with hundreds of investigations ongoing at any time.

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