Jul 5 2012
British Police didn’t identify the suspects, who range in age from 18 to 30, However, one of the arrestees, Mizanur Rahman, who is involved with a Muslim extremist group, said ALL those arrested were British Muslims.
AP/Newsmax (H/T EverW) British police used smoke grenades and a stun gun in an early-morning swoop Thursday on a home close to London’s Olympic Park, as six terror suspects were rounded up in a series of raids across the city.
Officers said the five men and one woman were detained following an operation to monitor their activities and insisted their alleged plans to stage attacks had no link to London’s upcoming Summer Games, which begin on July 27.
Rahman said the three men were brothers. Scotland Yard confirmed it had previously employed one of the men as a community support officer, a law enforcement worker who patrols the streets but does not have powers of arrest. The department said he had served between 2007 and 2009, when he resigned, and had not been involved in any sensitive work.
Security officials said the arrests followed an intelligence operation to monitor the group. No attacks were considered to be imminent, and the fact that Britain’s terrorism threat level has not been altered also indicates that authorities believed they had good knowledge of the extent and scope of the possible plot.
Britain’s terror level is currently ranked as substantial — the third highest point on a five-point scale — and means an attack is a strong possibility. Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups ahead of the games, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the Olympics.