Scotland Yard today smashed a suspected plot to launch an Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist attack after arresting two MUSLIMS in west London. British Counter-terrorism detectives arrested the jihadist pair and held both on suspicion of involvement in the “preparation of Islamic terrorist acts in London.”
UK StandardThe MUSLIM terrorists, aged 19 and 20, were held at the same address in an early morning raid involving officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.
A number of addresses in west and south west London and the Thames Valley were also being searched by specialist officers today. Police would not comment on any seizures. The operation is understood to be “significant” and is linked to Islamic extremism but police refused to reveal further details of the plot or any intended target.
The 19-year-old MUSLIM was arrested on suspicion of preparing Islamic terrorist acts in connection with an investigation by the Met’s counter terror unit. The other MUSLIM, aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of funding Islamic terrorism and failure to disclose information regarding a terrorist act.
He was also arrested on suspicion of preparing Islamic terrorist acts under a separate investigation by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.
The current terrorist threat level in Britain is considered severe, meaning that an attack is highly likely. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said recently that it is a matter of “when, not if “ an IS outrage is carried out in Britain.