The latest person to be arrested in East London in connection with an ongoing counter-terrorist operation was a 22 year old woman. The Metropolitan Police said she was detained at a house in Hackney in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to BBC News
she is being held on suspicion of planned terrorist activity. Officers have until July 12 to detain the six individuals who were arrested on Thursday in connection with the same investigation.
Detectives force were granted an extension by a magistrate on Friday. Amongst the six who were arrested, was a British Muslim convert and three brothers. They were arrested near to London's Olympic Park according to, Yahoo News
Counter-terror police are on high alert before the Summer Games begin on July 27th. However, police do not believe that the recent arrests are connected to the Olympics. According to Salon
, Britain's terrorist threat is quite high at the middle point on a five-point scale. Therefore, a terrorist attack is very likely.
The six individuals are aged between 18 and 30 years old. Eight properties in West, East and North London have been searched. Armed police were involved with the arrests at the home in Stratford.
The arrests are in relation to a terror plot that includes Islamist extremists, with potential UK targets. Of the people arrested, one is an ex-police community support officer. The man served Metropolitan Police for over two years until he resigned in September 2009.
Police officers stated that he had not been "deployed in any specialist or sensitive roles".
The BBC understands that the brothers, aged 18, 24 and 26, are Jahangir, Mohammed and Moybur Alom. They were held in Abbey Road, Stratford, East London during an operation that involved armed police. A Muslim convert named, Richard Dart, but goes under the name of Salahuddin al Britani, was also arrested in the raids. He also featured in a YouTube clip where he criticised the Royal Family and British military action in Muslim countries.