Police foil active terror plot

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed they have foiled an active terror plot after a woman was shot during a raid on a house in Willesden, north-west London.

The woman, in her 20s, was one of the subjects of the investigation and is in a serious but stable condition. Six people in total are being held in the anti-terror operation, which involved another raid in Kent.

Officers say the operation was not connected to an arrest near Parliament on Thursday, when a man was detained on suspicion of terror offences, after he was found carrying several knives in his backpack.

Police maintained the house in Harlesden Road, Willesden, had been under observation

Details of the statement indicated that on Thursday 27 April, firearm officers entered the property at about 19:00 BST. CS gas was sprayed and a woman was shot. A 16-year-old boy, and a man and woman, both aged 20, were arrested.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent.Two further arrests were made in Willesden after a man and woman, both aged 28, returned to the property.

In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing said: “Searches are ongoing at three London addresses - including Harlesden Road - as part of this investigation.

“Due to these arrests that we have made, I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed.

“With the attack in Westminster on 22 March so fresh in people’s minds, I would like to reassure everyone that across the country officers are working round the clock to identify those people who intend to commit acts of terror.”

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