Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man with Knives Detained near UK Parliament

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man with Knives Detained near UK Parliament

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LONDON * Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by Islamic State. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters. Authorities haven't released the man's name.

London's Metropolitan Police said the suspect, 27, was stopped and detained "as part of an ongoing operation" by the force's counterterrorism unit.

No one was injured in the incident, which unfolded just yards from where an attacker killed five people with a vehicle and a knife last month. It sent a jittery jolt through an area that has been on edge since the March 22 attack.

Police said that knives were recovered during the operation and that there was "no immediate known threat" to the public.

Police said the man was being held at a London police station on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

As armed police blocked off Whitehall, a street lined with government buildings that is the main artery of London's government district, and witnesses reported seeing a man on the ground surrounded by police.

Ian Moss, who was traveling on a bus on Whitehall, said the man did not appear to be struggling.

"He had police pointing arms at him though," Moss said.

A bearded, black-clad man could later be seen standing on the sidewalk, surrounded by police, before being put into a police vehicle.

"He was standing with his back toward the public and his face against the wall," said witness Chris Kacyk, who arrived in the area just as the suspect was taken into custody. …

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