Woman shot by police during terror raid in London

Four people were arrested during the operation by counter-terrorism police

A woman in her 20s has been shot by police and six people arrested during terror raids in London and Kent.

The injured suspect is being held under police guard after being rushed to hospital in a serious condition following the swoop at a north London address. on Friday she remained in a serious but stable condition.

Police said she was a subject of an ongoing investigation by counter-terror officers who are searching several addresses across London.

The raids are not connected to an earlier incident when a man carrying knives was arrested near Downing Street on suspicion of planning a terror attack, Scotland Yard said.


Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator for counter terrorism policing, said: “Due to these arrests that have been made yesterday, in both cases I believe that we have contained the threats that they pose.”

Pressed by reporters on whether they had foiled an active plot, Mr Basu replied: “Yes.” He said no further details about the plot could be released because it is a “live investigation” with “people under arrest” who will be interviewed by detectives.

The woman was shot as officers entered an address in Harlesden Road, Willesden, shortly before 7pm on Thursday.

Video posted online appeared to show heavily armed police clad in black storming a terraced house as loud bangs rang out.

One described seeing “loads of police with balaclavas, streets cordoned off, ambulances”.

The Metropolitan Police said a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were arrested at the property and a 20-year-old man was detained nearby.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent shortly after the raid and all four are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts at a south London police station.

The injured woman has not been arrested due to her condition, which police described as “serious but stable”.

No other injuries have been reported.

Police said the property and people connected to it had been “under observation by counter-terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation”.

Further searches at linked addresses across London are under way, although the locations have not been disclosed.

The incident has been referred to the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) "as a matter of course", Scotland Yard said.