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British counter-terrorism officers storm London home, 1 woman injured in shooting

The officers stormed a house in north London yesterday evening which had been under surveillance, shooting a woman in her 20s. She is said to be serious but stable in hospital. Six people were arrested in the operation Photograph: (WION)

Reuters London, United Kingdom Apr 28, 2017, 11.08 AM (IST)

British counter-terrorism police used CS gas to storm a London home today and gathered "absolutely crucial" intelligence while preventing an attack, former British police officer said today.

The officers raided a house in north London yesterday evening(April 27) shooting a woman in her 20s. The police haven't released any detail about the woman. Six people were arrested in the operation, the woman is under observation in a hospital.

The former head of Britain's national counter-terrorism security office Chris Phillips said: "This is the way we prevent terrorism," adding that the raid had to be conducted with speed and have "shock value".

The news comes even as a man was arrested by London's metropolitan police who was carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in Westminster yesterday evening(April 27). 

"Knives have been recovered from him," Scotland Yard police said in a statement, adding that he was being detained under terror laws.

A Western security source told Reuters the man, from London, was on the radar of counter-terrorism officers and the domestic intelligence agency MI5 before his arrest.

Another source familiar with the investigation said the suspect might have had contacts with militants outside Britain and travelled to meet them, but it was not believed he had been in contact with Islamic State militants.

Britain is on alert with high-intensity elections slated to be in June which would naturally result in large gatherings and election meetings being held across the UK, British counter-terrorism unit is leaving no stone unturned in its bid keep things under control.

Since August 2014, Britain has been on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Senior officers said the security services had thwarted 13 terrorism attempts in the last four years shortly before the deadly Westminster Bridge incident. 

(WION with Reuters inputs) 

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