British police on Friday said officers had shot at a woman at a London address, arrested six others as part of counter-terrorism operations and averted an active terror plot. An operation across London and Kent, south-east England, was not linked with the arrest of a 27-year-old man with knives near the Houses of Parliament on Thursday, the Scotland Yard said.
Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu told reporters outside New Scotland Yard in London on Friday that highly trained firearms officers carried out a “specialist entry into an address” in north London that they had under observation as part of a current counter terrorism investigation.
“An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with and involved armed officers firing CS (laughing gas) into the address. During the course of that operation one of the subjects of that operation — a woman — was shot by police. She remains in hospital. Her condition is serious but stable. Because of her condition she has not yet been arrested. We are monitoring her condition closely,” the Indian-origin top police officer said. A 16-year-old boy, a man and woman, both aged 20, were arrested during the operation in Willesden area of north London.