UK police arrest 6 in anti-terror raids

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    London cops arrest 6, terror raid near Olympic Stadium

    British police arrested six suspects in London and shut off part of a busy highway near Birmingham in two apparently unrelated anti-terror swoops on Thursday – less than a month before the Olympics.

    In coordinated dawns raid led by the intelligence agency MI5, armed police arrested three men in east London – home to the main Olympic stadium. A man and a woman were arrested from separate addresses in west London, while a third man was picked up from the street – also in west London.

    Eight homes in west, east and north London and a business premises were searched. Police said the arrests were not linked to the Olympics or Paralympics, but the BBC reported they were “significant” and may be related to a possible plot involving Islamist extremists, with potential UK targets.

    In an unrelated incident, police closed off part of the M6 – a major highway – near the city of Birmingham, around 200 km north of the British capital.

    Police said the incident involved a passenger seen acting suspiciously on a coach, and did not discount the possibility that it could be terrorism-related. Initial reports said the passenger was seen pouring some kind of fluid into a bag which then started smoking onboard the coach.

    Army bomb disposal personnel were at the scene, as were fire and ambulance services, who have reportedly set up decontamination units.

    London cops arrest 6, terror raid near Olympic Stadium - Hindustan Times



    Six arrested in London anti-terror operation

    Islamophobia ? :rolleyes:
     
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    ^^^^ How many of the arrested were Pakis :eyebrows:
     
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    LONDON—Armed British police carried out an early-morning raid on a residential address near London’s Olympic Park, using smoke grenades and a stun gun in what they said was a pre-planned anti-terror operation.

    Six people were arrested there — and in a separate raid in a western part of the capital — but Scotland Yard said the operation was not linked to the upcoming games, due to kick off on July 27.

    Police didn’t identify the suspects, who range in age from 18 to 30. However Mizanur Rahman, who is involved with a Muslim activist group, said all those arrested were British Muslims. He said the three men arrested in Stratford, the neighborhood that contains Olympic Park, were brothers and claimed that one was a former police officer.

    A police spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with police policy declined to comment on the claim.

    Resident John Smallshaw said one of the raids took place at a residence on Abbey Road, roughly 1.6 kilometers from the Olympic Park.

    He told The Associated Press he was woken up just after 4 a.m. by “five loud bangs in quick succession” and saw police raiding the house. He said he later witnessed “one young man taken on foot to a waiting ambulance.”

    Another man was later taken into an unmarked police car, he said, adding that plainclothes officers were still at the premise.

    Continuing searches are being carried out at eight separate addresses in east, west and north London and at one business in east London, police said. Rahman identified one of the addresses as being in Old Street, near London’s financial district.

    Police said all the suspects have been taken to a southeast London police station.

    Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the Olympics. The terror level is labeled substantial, a notch below severe. A substantial threat level indicates that an attack is a strong possibility.

    U.K. terror raid near Olympic Stadium; six arrests - thestar.com
     
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    All 6 Islamist as usual. Don't know their nationality. One of the men arrested was a police community worker.
     

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