Alleged ISIS Terror Plot Foiled in London
Four men have been arrested in London under the apparent suspicion of planning a terror attack on the mainland. The Daily Telegraph reports:
The first alleged Isil-linked terror plot on UK soil has been foiled by police and MI5 amid fears jihadists are returning from Syria to carry out beheadings on British streets.
Four men were arrested in dramatic armed raids in London during which one suspect had to be tasered by police.
The men are feared to have been in the “early stages” of planning a “significant” attack and it is understood one line of inquiry is whether they wanted to emulate the sort of brutal execution that has become Islamic State’s hallmark on a British street.
Tom Whitehead, Security Editor
The Metropolitan Police raided multiple addresses across London. The counter-terrorism officers involved in the operation had armed support. A Scotland Yard spokesman has said:
“These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism.”
The Met Police’s official Twitter account simply issued a terse statement confirming events yesterday:
Metropolitan Police @metpoliceuk · 4 men arrested in #London this morning by SO15 Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of terrorism offences
Two of the men were aged 20 and two were aged 21. One of the individuals was tasered but was not injured and did not require medical attention.
Recent events in Iraq – including the rise of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (often referred to as ISIS or ISIL) – has raised fears that many British Muslim jihadists going to the country will return and seek to engage in terrorist activities in the United Kingdom. Brutal beheadings have become a signature of the Islamic State’s barbarity.