Skip to comments.Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot
Posted on 09/17/2010 6:46:03 AM PDT by jessduntno
The men were arrested during raids at 5.45am at a business premises in central London based on an intelligence tip off received overnight.
The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 were arrested by officers from Scotland Yards Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
They are said to be from a variety of nationalities including a number of Algerian origin.
The men have been taken to a central London police station where they will be interviewed by detectives.
Searches are being carried out under the Terrorism Act 2000 at the business premises and at residential premises in north and east London.
Sources said that initial searches had not uncovered any bomb-making or hazardous items.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the arrests were made after they received information and added: Following initial inquiries by detectives a decision was made to arrest the five men.
Pope Benedict XVIs security arrangements were reviewed following the arrests and Scotland Yard said we are satisfied that our current policing plan remains appropriate. The itinerary has not changed.
There was no change to the terrorism threat level which remains at severe meaning that a terrorist attack is highly likely.
The Pope continued with his engagements, unaffected by the developments.
The Pope has been informed of the arrests, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said. He told reporters there was "no need to change anything about the programme with the Pope and the security for this trip".
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Islamic terrorists are a worldwide problem? But ... I thought they were a peaceful people who just hated America for our foreign policy?
Get Fareed Zakaria on the phone ... he got some splainin to do.
5 Islamists draw cartoon of pope, go into hiding in UK prison
So it wasn’t just “5 men!” It was 5 savages trained in the hate and violence of the cult of death.
So tell me why we allow any of them into this country!
More gutter-dwelling muslims.