ISIS Attacks Stopped in London
A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act after he was found carrying a bag of knives near the Houses of Parliament, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed. The incident occurred just yards away from where Khalid Masood launched a terrorist attack that killed five people, including a police officer Keith Palmer, last month.
Masood crashed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before stabbing Palmer to death on the forecourt of the Palace of Westminster.
Armed police cordoned off part of Whitehall on Thursday afternoon after the man was tackled and arrested by police “following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation.”
Photos shared on social media show a large knife lying on the pavement on Parliament Street next to a smaller knife, and a policeman in forensic gear taking photographs of a bag abandoned next to them.
The suspect was reportedly wrestled to the ground on a traffic island at the Parliament end square of Whitehall, close to the Foreign Office and the entrance to Downing Street.
He was seen pinned up against the wall of the HMRC offices before being taken away in a police vehicle.
Eyewitnesses told the Evening Standard a man had been carrying “a rucksack of knives.”
The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
He is being held in custody at a south London police station.
Man Pleads Guilty to Planning to Bomb London
A British teenager accused of planning a bombing in London has pleaded guilty to preparing terrorist acts. Prosecutors say Haroon Syed tried to buy weapons and explosives online from an extremist named “Abu Yusuf.”
The contact was actually a series of British intelligence agents.
The 19-year-old told his contact he needed a machine gun and an explosive vest so he could “after some damage with machine gun do martyrdom.” He said he was considering targeting London’s busy Oxford Street, and also searched online for potential locations, including an Elton John concert in Hyde Park on September 11, 2016 – the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Syed was arrested September 8. He pleaded guilty Thursday at London’s Central Criminal Court. Judge Michael Topolski said he will be sentenced June 8.
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