Terror suspect arrested in Whitehall named
Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali was born overseas and went to school in Tottenham, north London.
A terror suspect arrested in Whitehall on Thursday has been named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali.
The 27-year-old is believed to be a British national who was born overseas and went to school in Tottenham, north London.
In a separate operation, an active terror plot was foiled after police launched an armed raid in north London in which a woman was shot and injured.
Ali was detained by armed officers after a stop and search as part of an “intelligence-led” operation.
He remains in custody, having been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act and possession of offensive weapons.
Police recovered knives during the swoop, which took place yards from the scene of last month’s deadly attack by Khalid Masood in Westminster.
Reports suggest the suspect was arrested after a concerned family member contacted authorities. Detectives are continuing to question him, while two searches are being carried out at addresses in London.
Meanwhile, six people were in custody after a team of specialist firearms officers stormed an address in Willesden, north London, on Thursday night.
A woman in her 20s who was shot during the swoop remains under police guard after being taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Elite armed officers carried out a “specialist entry” into a terraced property in Harlesden Road shortly before 7pm on Thursday night.
Police fired CS gas into the address, which had been under observation as part of a current counter-terrorism operation.
Neighbours recalled hearing “at least six” shots and screaming as police entered the address.
Ruth Haile, who lives in the road, said she heard shots and saw an injured woman being treated.
Ms Haile said: “She shouted ‘Don’t touch me, my body, don’t touch my dress’.”
Alexandra Sabanov, a mother-of-one who lived next door to the raided house, saw officers with “gas masks and snipers”.
“We heard ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’, went to the window and just saw a number of armed police just there with their guns pointing at our next-door neighbour’s window.”
She said the woman was “screaming really loud” and described her neighbours as a “standard Muslim couple” of whom she “never suspected anything at all”.
Giving an update on the two operations, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said on Friday: “Due to these arrests that have been made yesterday, in both cases I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed.”
Mr Basu said an armed entry was necessary in Willesden “due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with”.
He said: “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 Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident, as is routine for police shootings.
A total of six people were arrested in connection with the raid, including five at or near the address in north London and one in Kent.
Two of the arrests were made when a man and a woman, both aged 28, returned to the address later that night, Mr Basu said. Searches are continuing at three London addresses.
Meanwhile in a separate raid on Friday, a 47-year-old woman was arrested at an east London address on suspicion of conspiring to fund and support terrorism.
She was taken for questioning at a south London police station as part of an “ongoing investigation into the funding of terrorism in Syria”, the Met said.