Counter-terrorism arrests

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EPA

FOUR young men have been arrested by counter-terrorism officers in several raids connected with an Islamist terror plot aimed at the UK.

 

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The counter-terrorism officers had been working closely with MI5, and arrested the four men on suspicion of planning and initiating terrorist action which was allegedly to attack the queen with a knife on Remembrance Day.

 

Security has been increased during the event, but the queen will still appear at The Cenotaph to lay the first wreath.


 

The men were arrested in several different areas of London, including one 27-year-old man arrested in the middle of the street by armed police and the rest arrested in their homes.


 

They are currently being interrogated and properties and vehicles are being carefully searched by specialist officers.

 

One suspect, 19-year-old Yousaf Syed has already previously had his house raided in April during an investigation into potential jihadists and officers were seen removing items from the young man’s shed during the current search.

 

It is reported that there is no evidence to suggest that the planned attack was involving those travelling to Syria to fight with the extremist group ISIS, but rather a terror attack that has been plotted inside of the UK.

 

The men were arrested during an ongoing investigation that intends to crackdown on Islamist terrorism since the terror threat level of the UK was raised to ‘severe’ earlier this year.




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