Isis plot to attack UK foiled as arrests by Scotland Yard thwart 'significant' operation

Counter terrorism detectives detain two men in London on suspicion of 'preparation of terrorist acts'

Friday 09 September 2016 13:54

A “significant” Isis plot to attack the UK has been foiled by Scotland Yard.

Counter terrorism detectives arrested two men in London on suspicion of “preparation of terrorist acts”, following a raid in west London.

The men, aged 19 and 20, are thought to be involved in a plot to attack Britain but police have refused to comment on further details regarding the intended target.

The 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, and the 20-year-old on suspicion of funding terrorism, failure to disclose information regarding a terrorist act and suspicion of preparing terrorist acts under a separate investigation by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

A number of addresses in west and south west London were also searched by specialist officers, but police have made no further comment.

A third man, aged 19, has also been arrested in south-east London on suspicion of a religiously aggravated offence in relation to a separate matter.

All three men remain in police custody as inquiries are ongoing.

The news comes as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police warned an attack on the UK was a matter of “when, not if”. The current terrorist threat level is considered to be severe; meaning an attack in Britain is likely.

The Independent has contacted Scotland Yard for a comment.

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