British authorities broke up a plot by ISIS to unleash a terror strike in London when they nabbed two men — and cops searched several other addresses as part of the probe, officials said.
The two London residents — 19 and 20 years old — were held by Scotland Yard after the early-morning raid, the Evening Standard of the UK reported.
The men were held on suspicion of being involved in the “preparation of terrorist acts.”
Police declined to release details about the plot or any intended targets.
The 20-year-old allegedly funded terrorism and failed to disclose information about a terrorist act. The younger suspect allegedly planned terrorist acts.
Authorities believe the plot was not a random “lone wolf” attack, but something more serious and widespread, Sky News reported.
The terrorist threat level in the country is considered severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, officials said.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe recently said it was a matter of “when, not if” an ISIS attack is carried out in Britain.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who heads the UK’s counter-terror operations, said his officers were carrying out “hundreds of investigations” into terror suspects and dealing with a “steady flow” of plots by home-brewed jihadists.
The latest arrests came just days after hate preacher Anjem Choudary, 49, one of Britain’s most notorious Islamic activists, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of encouraging support for ISIS.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
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"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~