A joint military and police operation in Newcastle, in northern England, thwarted a probable ISIS terrorist plot.
Members of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) and police officers from the Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) assaulted a house in Arthur’s Hill and arrested an individual suspected of plotting a terrorist attack for Christmas. The suspect, a 33-years-old male, whose name hasn’t been released by the British law enforcement authorities, was taken for questioning in a nearby police department. He is suspected of the “commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism.”
“They were dressed like soldiers and had guns — it is armed response,” said a man to a local newspaper. “They told us to come up here and evacuated the street.”
The CT response team surrounded the suspect’s house and stormed in, catching the man unawares. Thereafter, they swept the area to ensure that there weren’t any improvised explosive devices (IEDs) implanted. Regular police officers visited nearby businesses and schools to reassure the population.