Thursday, 21 January 2021

British Police disrupt Christmas terror plot

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SHEFFIELD: A Christmas terror attack has been prevented following the arrest of four suspects in dawn raids.

Armed officers and the bomb squad stormed addresses in northern England yesterday, as investigators feared a gang of suspected Islamist extremists had assembled an explosive.

The men, aged between 22 and 41, were taken into custody after the raids in Sheffield and Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which were a joint operation between anti-terror police and MI5.

‘The timing of the raids may be significant and the use of the bomb squad shows what police thought they might find behind the door,’ said a source, who told Sky News the suspects homes and electronic devices were being searched.

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Neighbours were ordered to leave their homes as Army bomb disposal experts removed ‘packages’ from a house in Chesterfield, said resident Simon Fox, 22.

Meanwhile, neighbours in Sheffield reported hearing ‘explosions’ as police raided several homes and a community centre. One said he heard ‘three quick blasts’ as up to six armed officers entered a house. ‘We’re on the frontline here,’ he added.

Police denied using explosives to gain entry to the properties.

The raids came a year to the day when a Daesh terrorist killed 12 people at Berlin’s Christmas market.

Earlier this month, the terror group urged supporters to target Christmas markets across Europe and the US.

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