London terror arrests: Three teenage women held after operation that saw woman shot by police

Raids are linked to action by the Met last week which saw a female suspect injured

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Three teenage women have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences in an operation linked to a raid on a house in north London last week that saw a woman shot and injured.

The suspects, two aged 18 and one aged 19, were detained after raids by the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command in east London on Monday.

They are being questioned at a police station outside London on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts.

The Met said the arrests were part of an "ongoing intelligence-led operation" linked to a similar raid on Thursday in Harlesden Road, north London, when a 21-year-old woman was shot by armed police.

She was discharged from hospital on Sunday afternoon and arrested by police on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Six others were detained following Thursday's counter-terror raid, including a 16-year-old boy.

The house in Harlesden Road had been under surveillance by counter terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation.

Anti-terrorism police raid property in Willesden

Police also detained a 27-year-old man last Thursday in what was described as a "targeted and intelligence-led arrest".

A bag of knives was found near him just a short walk from Downing Street and the House of Parliament.

The latest arrest brings the total number of suspects linked to the Harlesden operation to 10. 

The arrests come amid heightened concerns about the threat of terrorism in the UK, which remains at severe.

In March, Khalid Masood killed five people after he drove a car at pedestrians and stabbed a police officer, in what police believe was an Islamist-inspired attack.