UK authorities are working hard to keep the UK free from terrorist attacks. 2012 has been a busy time in the UK, what with the Diamond Jubilee and the forthcoming Olympics. Undercover officers and a huge security operation will ensure the safety of UK citizens and tourists during the busy time to come. This week anti-terror arrests have taken place, which of course means that the UK like all Western countries is under constant threat.
During the early hours of today, Saturday July 7, 2012, a 22-year-old woman was arrested at a house in Hackney, London, as part of the ongoing counter-terrorism operation. The official line is that she is "being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism."
This is not the first arrest this week. Earlier in the week six people were arrested as part of the same operation. Whilst officials maintained that those arrests were not linked to the Olympics they obviously raise safety concerns.
The six earlier arrests were all made in London and the individuals aged between 18 and 30. Three of the men are brothers, one even working as a community police officer in London in the past. Police have stated that he did not have direct connection with "sensitive information and the like", but he may still have information useful to a terrorist group.
As yet though there have been no formal charges made. Police investigating have until July 12 to formally charge those arrested or release them. Searches of related homes and one business in London have taken place.
The six are said to be part of an extremist Muslim group. Muslim convert Richard Dart, now called Salahuddin al Britani, was amongst the arrests. He posted a youtube video criticising the British Royal Family and Western involvement in conflicts in Muslim countries. That though means nothing. Similar views could be shared by many in the UK.
The Metropolitan Police continue to maintain that the arrests are not related to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The West is, as we already stated, under constant threat.
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Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog