Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged of one of a series of arrests across London, in which counter-terror police are seen tackling a suspect on the upmarket Westbourne Grove in west London.
Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) The black-and-white footage, captured by the 65 & King bar and obtained by ITV News, shows a number of officers wrestle to the ground the 28-year-old British man, of Azerbaijani (Muslim) origin, outside the Planet Organic store around 7pm last night.
Once they’ve got him down, four cars swoop in. It formed part of an operation to simultaneously detain a group of suspected Islamist terrorists amid fears an attack similar to the Kenyan mall atrocity had been planned on British soil.
At the same time as the Westbourne Grove seige, armed police fired special ammunition – designed to breach doors or burst tyres – to stop a car on Mansell Street, near the Tower of London.
They also arrested two men, both aged 25. One is a British national of Turkish (Muslim) origin, while the other is a British national of Algerian (Muslim) origin. A 29-year-old, a British national of Pakistani (Muslim) origin, was also held in Peckham Street, south-east London, during last night’s MI5-assisted operation.
All the men have been detained on the suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard said, and are being quizzed at a south London police station. And as six addresses and two vehicles across the capital continue to be searched by the Metropolitan Police, further eyewitness reports have emerged.
All the men have been arrested on the suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard said, and are being quizzed at a south London police station.
The Evening Standard has reported the Metropolitan Police was acting on intelligence the men had access to firearms. According to the paper, an attack by several gunmen in the capital is the worst fear of anti-terror bosses.