British Police Shoot Woman, Arrest 4 in Counter-Terror Operation

A second active terrorist plot has been foiled in London on the same day, after armed police raided a house in the north-west of the capital, shooting one of the female suspects.

The woman, whose name hasn't been released, was under police guard but had not been arrested because of her condition, police said.

Six people have been arrested as part of the investigation in all, five at or near the property - and one in Kent, in southeast England.

The operation was not connected to an earlier incident where a man carrying knives was arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack near Downing Street, Scotland Yard said.

Two men, 20 and 16 respectively, and a 20-year-old woman were arrested after the Willesden operation.

The 27-year-old suspect was known to police prior to his arrest, according to Sky sources.

Two more individuals were placed under arrest upon returning to the Willesden address later Thursday evening.

Mr Basu said he believes police have "contained the threats they posed" to the public.

Ali was detained by armed officers after a stop and search as part of an "intelligence-led" operation. "We are making arrests on a near daily basis".

The former head of Britain's national counter-terrorism security office Chris Phillips said: "This is the way we prevent terrorism", adding that the raid had to be conducted with speed and have "shock value".

She was taken for questioning at a south London police station as part of an "ongoing investigation into the funding of terrorism in Syria", the Met said.

A builder working on the road nearby said: I saw the police officers catch him.

Police recovered knives yesterday during the swoop in Whitehall, which took place yards from the scene of last month's deadly attack by Khalid Masood in Westminster.

"We saw she had been shot - the paramedics and ambulances that were there, they stripped off her clothing to get access to the wounded areas".

Police said Friday the raids in north London and southeastern England were not related to the earlier incident, which reminded numerous March 22 attack on Parliament and Westminster Bridge that claimed the lives of one police officer and four pedestrians.

Britain's official threat level from global terrorism stands at the second-highest, "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said.

A man arrested by armed police near the Houses of Parliament on suspicion of terrorism offences is being questioned by detectives.

The 52-year-old drove at pedestrians before stabbing Pc Palmer as he guarded the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster.

'After that attack, we increased the number of officers on duty patrolling at key locations - and that continues as we police against the backdrop of a severe terrorist threat.

  • Leroy Wright