Four Terrorism Plotters Arrested In London Amid Fears Of Kenyan Style Mall Attack
October 13, 2013
Four Suspected Terrorists Arrested in London
Four men have been arrested in London in a counter-terrorism operation.
By Elad Benari First Publish: 10/14/2013, 2:15 AM
Four men have been arrested in London in a counter-terrorism operation, the Metropolitan Police have said, according to the BBC.
Scotland Yard said they were held under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Armed officers were involved in the arrests, which took place Sunday evening in the Whitechapel, Bayswater and Peckham areas, according to the report.
Police said searches were taking place at six addresses.
In a statement the Met said the arrests were made during a "pre-planned, intelligence-led operation." The men have been taken to a south London police station.
A man who saw an arrest taking place in told the BBC said he saw three men being held by against a wall by officers.
"There was quite a lot of police," he said. "There was quite a scene as I approached."
The arrests come just several days after MI5 chief Andrew Parker warned that there are thousands of Islamic extremists living in the UK who see the British public as a valid target for attack.
Parker also said Islamic terror had become more complicated to track than ever before.
Recently, Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group which carried out the recent attack in a mall, said it was planning to target Britain next.
A hate preacher wanted for recruiting terrorists to the group warned in a newspaper interview that Britain was the next target for the Somali Al-Qaeda affiliate.
In May, a 25-year-old British soldier was brutally beheaded by Muslims in the middle of a London street.
Four suspected Islamic terrorists held in series of dramatic raids across London amid fears of 'Kenyan mall-style gun attack' on British soil
Four men were arrested and are being held in south London
Armed police fired Hatton shotgun rounds at a car during one of the raids
Six addresses across London are also being searched by officers.
A group of suspected Islamist terrorists are being quizzed by detectives amid fears an attack similar to the Kenyan mall atrocity had been planned on British soil.
Armed police fired special ammunition designed to breach doors or burst tyres at a car during one of a series of dramatic anti-terror raids across London.
Counter-terrorism officers forcibly stopped the vehicle on Mansell Street, near the Tower of London, with so-called Hatton rounds and arrested two men, both aged 25.
A 28-year-old man was also arrested in Westbourne Grove, west London, and a 29-year-old was held in Peckham Street, south-east London, during last night's MI5-assisted operation...
By Kieran Corcoran and James Rush
PUBLISHED: 17:37 EST, 13 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 EST, 14 October 2013