A 32-year-old woman and five men aged 22 to 36 are being quizzed after police interrupted the ‘significant’ plot
Armed police have seized six people suspected of planning an Islamic State -inspired atrocity in Britain.
A military bomb disposal team was on hand during the co-ordinated raids at properties in the Midlands and London.Security sources were quoted as saying they had interrupted a “significant” plot.
Sources said the investigation covered a group believed to be working towards an attack – although a strike was not thought to be imminent.
A 32-year-old woman and five men aged 22 to 36 were today being quizzed. They were held in raids that began at 10pm on Sunday night and ended at dawn today.“The police were heavy-handed. They were obviously taking it very seriously.”
Another worker said: “It’s shocking to come into work and hear about the arrest.
“It’s even more shocking because the man is a really nice bloke. Everybody likes him. He works hard and just gets on with it. He gets involved with people.”He said the police officer told him to “leave the area quickly”, adding: “It’s scary to think things like this are happening.”
Another local said: “There’s been a notable police presence for a few weeks.”
Kabir Ahmed , the second UK jihadi to be killed fighting for IS, was a member of Al-Muhajiroun in the area. He is believed to have taken the lives of eight in a suicide bombing in Baiji, Iraq, in 2014.
Four men from Derby aged 22, 27, 35 and 36, a 27-year-old man from Burton upon Trent and the woman, from London, were all held on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.
Officers have 48 hours to charge, release or apply for a warrant for further detention.
Two men who helped hand £3,000 to Brussels bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini in Birmingham have been jailed. Zakaria Boufassil, 26, got three years and Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 27, got eight.