British Police arrest four suspected of plotting terror attack

ANI | Updated: Dec 19, 2017 23:33 IST

London [UK], Dec 19 (ANI): British Police may have thwarted a terror attack plot against the United Kingdom after they arrested four men in the north of England on Tuesday.

A 31-year-old man was arrested from a house in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, while three others, aged 22, 36 and 41, were arrested in three separate properties in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They were detained by officers from the north-east counter-terrorism unit (Nectu) and are being questioned at a police station in West Yorkshire. The arrested are suspected of Islamist-links.

The arrests were intelligence-led and planned as part of an ongoing investigation, police were quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Following this, the police counter-terrorism officers and Britain's domestic security service, MI5 launched a joint operation to probe a possible Islamist plot of terror attack in Britain.

In this regard, the army's bomb disposal unit was called to the Chesterfield house where one of the arrests was made.

"I understand our local communities will have concerns about this morning's police activity but I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of South Yorkshire," Supt Una Jennings of South Yorkshire police said.

The residents in the area were jolted awake by the sounds of the army bomb squad breaking into the property. The immediate area surrounding the property was also evacuated and cordoned off during the search operation.

Raids were conducted in properties of Sheffield as well.

British officials are on their toes after five terror attacks escaped detection.

Earlier this month, MI5 director general, Andrew Parker, and police chiefs had warned of terrorist threat in the country, with 10 such plots having been disrupted since March. (ANI)

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