The Islamic attacks on the West are being thwarted daily. But it's the islamophobes that are the problem. This jihadi plot follows fresh on the heels of last week's arrests in another Olympic Islamic terror plot in London.
"Radical Muslim convert and former Met police support officer held in terror raids near Olympic park" London Standard, July 5, (thanks to David)
... "A former Met police support officer and a radical Muslim convert were seized today in terror raids next to the Olympic park."... Counter-terrorism police swooped on six homes across London this morning amid fears of an al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack the capital.
One of the two men is understood to be a middle class white Muslim convert who has adopted an Islamic name, called for sharia law to be adopted in Britain and branded British soldiers returning from Afghanistan “murderers”.
Scotland Yard described today’s dawn arrests as “significant” and the result of a pre-planned and intelligence-led operation.
The "middle class white Muslim convert .....the rest are described as "British nationals of Asian origin" in other words, Muslims.
"Terror police arrest five men and a woman in dramatic raids near Olympic Stadium just three weeks before the opening ceremony" Daily Mail, July 5, 2012
- Man, 24, Tasered by police as he is arrested
- Police say terror raids are NOT linked to the Olympics
- Arrests made after two held over alleged plot to attack the London Olympic canoeing event
- Police raid addresses in Stratford, Newham and west London
Five men and a woman were arrested in a series of dramatic early morning terror raids across London today just three weeks before the Olympics. Counter-terrorism police battered down the door of a house in Stratford, just one mile from where the Games are being held, and arrested two men who are believed to be brothers.
An 18-year-old was also arrested in Newham, east London, just three miles from the stadium, and three people - including a woman - were arrested in west London.
A 24-year-old suspect was Tasered during the raids but he did not require hospital treatment. Police insisted the arrests are not linked to the Olympics but come as security is heightened across the capital.
During the games the Olympic Park will be protected by the largest peacetime security operation ever seen in Britain.
The operation is understood to relate to a possible plot involving Islamist extremists with potential targets in the UK. The threat was not thought to be imminent although the arrests were described as 'significant'.
Some of those arrested are understood to be British nationals.
The arrests happened days after two Muslim converts were held on suspicion of plotting an attack on the London Olympic canoeing venue.
The 18-year-old and 32-year-old suspects were detained in raids on their homes after being spotted in a dinghy nearby.
Terror alert: Two police officers on duty outside the property in Stratford, east London
The terror alert level remains unchanged today at 'substantial' - which means there is a 'strong possibility' of an attack. There are two higher levels - 'severe' and the highest level 'critical' which means an attack is expected imminently.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the six people held were being questioned at a south-east London police station. Officers are searching six properties and a business premises across the capital.
A 29-year-old man was arrested in the street in Ealing, west London, a 21-year-old man and the women were arrested at a separate residential premises in Ealing. Two other men aged 24, and 26, were arrested in Stratford while an 18-year-old man was detained in Newham.
Terror threat: During the Games the Olympic Park will be protected by the biggest peacetime security operation ever seen in Britain. The arrests today were not linked to the games
The spokesman said: ‘Searches under the Terrorism Act 2000 are being carried out at eight residential premises in east, west and north London and one business premises in east London,’ the spokesman added.
‘Public safety remains our overriding concern.’
The arrests come after Jonathan Evans, the director-general of the Security Service, warned last month that Britain had experienced a 'credible terrorist attack plot about once a year since 9/11'.
'In back rooms and in cars and on the streets of this country there is no shortage of individuals talking about wanting to mount terrorist attacks here,' he added.
'The threat is real and remains with us today.'
The threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently rated substantial - the third highest of five levels.
The rating is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (Jtac), based at MI5's headquarters at Thames House in central London, but is independent of the service.