British police say six people, including three living close to London’s Olympic Park and a former police community support officer, were arrested Thursday in a series of terror raids across the city.
According to ABC, the London raids were a part of an intelligence-led investigation involving MI5 and the operation was not linked to the Olympics, which start on July 27.
Though authorities have not identified the suspects, which include five men and one woman who range in age from 18 to 30, Mizanur Rahman, who is involved with a Muslim activist group, told CBS News that all those arrested were British Muslims.
Police said that the three men taken into custody in Stratford, the neighborhood that contains Olympic Park, were brothers. The remaining three suspects were detained in the Ealing neighborhood of west London.
Neighbors said the residents had been there for more than a year and there were often people coming and going from the property. Scotland Yard officers started questioning the arrested six individuals in London on Thursday.
All six persons – who can be held for up to 14 days – are being questioned on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.
MI5 chief Jonathan Evans warned last month there was “no shortage” of British-based terror nuts plotting attacks, adding:
“The threat is real and remains with us today.”
Britain’s terror level is currently ranked as substantial — the third highest point on a five-point scale — and means an attack is a strong possibility.
The Herald Sun has more information on the recent British terror raids in the video below:
via Daily Star