Saturday, 23 September 2017

Three women arrested on suspicion of terror offences in east London – The Guardian

Three teenage women have been arrested in connection with Thursday’s counter-terrorism raid in north London, in which a separate woman was shot and injured.

Two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old were arrested in east London on suspicion of planning terror attacks, the Met police announced. They are being held at a police station outside London.

In total 10 people have now been arrested under the Terrorism Act since Thursday evening, when armed police swooped on a terrace house on Harlesden Road, Willesden, using CS gas and firing several shots.

That raid was carried out by elite counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers (CTSFO) and is believed to have been the first time the unit has opened fire during an operation. Dramatic footage filmed by passersby showed armed officers in black pointing weapons at the upstairs window of the property.

A woman aged 21 was shot and injured during the raid. She was released from hospital on Sunday afternoon after spending two days recovering under police guard and arrested immediately afterwards.

Witnesses said the injured woman, who was wearing a long dress and hijab, shouted at paramedics not to touch her body as she was treated at the scene.

Four people, one of whom was a 16-year-old boy, were arrested at the address including two people who returned to the house in the early hours of Friday morning. A man aged 21 was arrested nearby and a 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent.

One of those arrested is believed to be Mohamed Amoudi, 21, a British citizen of Yemeni origin who was deported from Turkey in 2015 and then questioned on his return to UK but released without any further action.

Scotland Yard said the Willesden house had been “under observation by counter-terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation”, adding that the incident was not connected to the suspected attempted terrorist attack in Westminster earlier on Thursday.

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