The arrest of four men in a series of raids across London as part of a Metropolitan Police investigation into “Islamist-related terrorism” disrupted what could have been a “significant plot”, according to a Whitehall source quoted by the Press Association.
The men – all aged 20 or 21 – were detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command at addresses across London (United Kingdom) as part of an investigation into Islamist terror activities.
“SO15 officers were assisted in the execution of warrants at one of the addresses by officers from the Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19). No shots were fired.
“A number of residential addresses and vehicles are being searched by specialist officers in west and central London as part of the investigation. The searches are ongoing,” police said in a statement.
All four suspects have been taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody.