http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...d-England.htmlThe ISIS terror cell behind the atrocities in Paris and Brussels planned to target the London Eye, it has been claimed.
The UK had been the second country that the terrorists wanted to attack, a source said.
It comes as four men and a woman from Birmingham were arrested, as officers swooped on the suspected British branch of the group behind the attacks in France and Belgium.
a source told The Mirror.The network were targeting the London Eye and other places where crowds gather in the UK,
The dramatic developments came after months of secret surveillance following the arrest of 'man in white' Mohamed Abrini, a key player in the Paris and Brussels attacks.Britain was second after France on their list of countries in which to launch an attack.
British officers have been expecting an attack in the UK and still do.
He was arrested last week and is said to have made 'multiple trips' to Birmingham. Crucial evidence secured from Abrini’s mobile phone is thought to have led to the UK arrests.
Three men aged 26, 40 and 59, and a 29-year-old woman were held in Birmingham on Thursday night.
A 26-year-old man, understood to have flown in on an Easyjet flight from Marrakech, was intercepted on Friday morning at Gatwick.
A source said:Last night a taxi driver's home was being searched in connection with the anti-terror raids in Birmingham. A bomb disposal squad was seen earlier at the semi-detached in Small Heath.He was behaving perfectly normally during the flight. He had a chat with a woman sat next to him and then fell asleep.
Neighbours said a married father-of-four who worked as a taxi driver was arrested on Thursday evening.
The raids will confirm fears that Islamic State is active in Britain after it emerged that the cell has been under surveillance for at least four months.
Abrini, who had already been linked to November's attack on Paris, was arrested in Belgium and has confessed to being the third man.
French intelligence sources say Abrini met Islamist fanatics in Birmingham four months before a series of gun attacks and suicide bombings in the French capital left 130 dead.
They said Abrini, 31, a Belgian of Moroccan origin, visited the West Midlands last July before flying back to France, raising concerns over British support of the terror cell now known to have been behind both attacks on the two European capitals.
Yesterday a security official told the Associated Press that Abrini had made multiple trips to Birmingham last year, meeting with several men suspected of terrorist activity.
Surveillance had been taking place on suspected cell members in the Birmingham area since the Paris attacks, the official said.
A second security official with access to Belgian counter-terrorism data said West Midlands Police had closed in on a ring of suspects linked to Abrini's phone after his arrest.
Abrini is the second member of the terror cell thought to have been in the UK after it emerged the mastermind behind Paris, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was also in Birmingham and London in the months before the November attacks.
Abaaoud, 28, also of Moroccan origin, was killed in a French police raid a week after the Paris attacks.
He was known to have visited Birmingham in October and had photos of places in the city on his smartphone, including shopping centres and football stadiums, raising concern he may have been visiting jihadis, carrying out reconnaissance on targets – or both.
West Midlands Police said in December that they were taking links between the Paris attackers and Birmingham 'deadly seriously' after the photos emerged.
A British security source told NBC News yesterday that the arrests were 'Paris and Brussels-related', and that Abrini was the main focus of the British investigation.
Last night Whitehall officials described the arrests in Britain as 'significant'.
Police have 48 hours to question three of the suspects and 36 hours to question the two others.
UK terror cell linked Brussels attacks planned to attack the London Eye, 5 arrested watch
- Thread Starter
- 16-04-2016 17:26
- 16-04-2016 17:29
Our security services are impeccable and competent, shame Osbourne will probably halve their budget next year
- 16-04-2016 18:22
- 16-04-2016 19:17
Is this surprising?
London has been in ISIS's crosshairs for some time.
- 16-04-2016 21:39
Never been to Birmingham, Why the hell is this Small Heath area a breeding ground for this kind of extremism? Surely the people of the area need to be held accountable..
(Original post by Mathemagicien)
- 16-04-2016 22:55
No, they are racist. Observe how virtually all people arrested for terrorism offenses are muslim. They should arrest a proportionate amount of white people, otherwise they are just being institutionally racist.m
If not, you're retarded.
- 16-04-2016 22:59
Genuinely thought you were another mindless SJW Islam apologist. Convincing facade.
- 16-04-2016 23:02
I'm surprised the cell was in Birmingham and not in Brighton or Carlisle.
(Original post by Mathemagicien)
- 17-04-2016 11:28
No, they are racist. Observe how virtually all people arrested for terrorism offenses are muslim. They should arrest a proportionate amount of white people, otherwise they are just being institutionally racist.
Gotta love white text though
- 17-04-2016 12:34
It must just utterly nerve-wracking being in the secret service atm. They deserve a lot of praise.
- 17-04-2016 22:17