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Woman Shot By Police During Terror Raid In Willesden

Police say they have foiled an active terror plot after a woman was shot during a raid on a house in Willesden, north-west London.

The 21-year-old woman was one of the subjects of the investigation and is in a serious but stable condition. A raid also took place in Kent, with six people arrested in total.

Officers say the operation was not connected to an arrest near Parliament on Thursday, when a man was detained on suspicion of terror offences. Police said the house in Harlesden Road, Willesden, had been under observation.

At about 19:00 BST on Thursday, firearm officers entered the property. CS gas was sprayed and a woman was shot. A 16-year-old boy, and a man and woman, both aged 20, were arrested. A 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent.

Two further arrests were made in Willesden after a man and woman, both aged 28, returned to the property.

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19 Year Old London Man Admits Planning Bomb Attack

A 19-year-old man has admitted planning a bomb attack, which may have targeted an Elton John concert in Hyde Park on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Haroon Syed, from Hounslow in west London, was caught after chatting online to undercover British agents.

The Old Bailey heard how Syed tried to buy weapons online – including a bomb vest or explosives – and researched busy areas of London to target. He will be sentenced in June, after a probation and psychiatric report.

Judge Michael Topolski QC said Syed faced a “discretionary life sentence”.

Syed pleaded guilty to a charge of preparation of terrorist acts between April and September last year. The court heard he had searched the internet for IS [so-called Islamic State], past terrorist attacks, and possible locations – including an Elton John concert on 11 September last year. He was arrested on 8 September. When police asked for the password to unlock his phone, he replied: “Yeah I.S.I.S – you like that?”

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Man Arrested In Whitehall On Suspicion Of Terrorism

A man who was carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The man, thought to be 27, was arrested at 14:22 BST by armed police as part of an intelligence-led operation on Parliament Street.

A witness described seeing two knives on the ground, one of which he described as a large bread knife.

The Metropolitan Police said there were no injuries. The suspect is in custody in a south London police station. The police statement added: “The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him. “Detectives from the counter-terrorism command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”

Witnesses said police wrestled the suspect to the ground on a traffic island near Parliament Square.

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New Aircraft carrier launched by China

China has launched a new aircraft carrier in the latest sign of its growing military strength.

It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made domestically.

The as-yet unnamed ship was transferred into the water in the north-eastern port of Dalian, state media said. It will reportedly be operational by 2020.

It comes amid heated rhetoric between the US and North Korea and ongoing tensions in the South China Sea.

China has had only one operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which it bought from Ukraine and refitted.

The US has deployed warships and a submarine to the Korean peninsula, prompting an angry reaction from North Korea. China has urged calm. The sight of a bottle of champagne hitting the bow of a new Chinese-built aircraft carrier will worry many.

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Court Hears Student Left Bomb On Tube As A Joke

A student has admitted building a bomb and leaving it on a Tube train but said it was for a prank, a court heard.

Damon Smith denies making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life but at the Old Bailey he admitted perpetrating a bomb hoax.

The prosecution said Mr Smith intended the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to explode and endanger the lives of people on the Jubilee Line train. Prosecutors said the IED contained ball bearings to act as shrapnel.

Jonathan Rees QC, for the prosecution, said this was to “increase the destructive effect of the device”.

At the start of the trial, Mr Rees said the defendant told police he had built a device which when activated was intended only to produce smoke. However, the defendant added the ball bearings because he wanted to make it look like a real bomb so the train would be stopped and it would be reported on the news, Mr Rees added.

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