Four held in ‘terror plot’ inquiry

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Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Four men have been arrested in connection to an alleged Islamist terror plot.

Counter-terror police detained the men, aged 19 to 27, at locations across west London and Thames Valley, Scotland Yard said.

Armed officers assisted at two premises, the force said, although no shots were fired.

All the men have been taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody, while a number of residential addresses and vehicles are being searched.

The arrests and searches are part of an “ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism”, the Metropolitan Police said.

Three of the men – aged 22, 19 and 25, were arrested at addresses in west London and Thames Valley, while a 27-year-old man was detained in the street in west London by armed officers.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) are working with the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (Sectu) and MI5.

No further details of the charge were released.

It comes a few months after the national terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe, meaning a terrorist attack is ”highly likely”. This assessment is separate from the evaluation concerning police officers.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the level against a backdrop of increasing concerns over hundreds of aspiring British jihadis travelling to Iraq and Syria to learn terrorist ”tradecraft” and fight alongside terror groups such as Islamic State.

Fears heightened after IS posted a series of videos online showing the separate murders of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and two British aid workers, David Haines and most recently Alan Henning.

Footage claiming to show Mr Henning’s murder appeared on the internet last month, just days after the UK joined US-led air strikes against the terrorists in Iraq.

In addition, an apparent IS fighter with a British accent appeared unmasked in another film encouraging ”brothers” in Western countries to ”rise up” and commit acts of terror in their home countries.

IS, led by fanatic Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria and attracted thousands of foreign jihadists to its cause, including m ore than 500 Britons.

The arrest made in the Thames Valley area was made in High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, it is understood.

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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