Major Terror Plot by ISIS Supporters Targeting Queen of England
On Friday, news broke of a major terror plot by ISIS supporters that was foiled, involving the Queen of England and their historic ceremonies on Saturday.
MailOnline reports that four British jihadists were arrested, who had planned on assassinating the Queen during the Remembrance Day centenary ceremony at The Cenotaph, which honors those who fought and died during World War I.
The terrorists, aged 19 to 27, were found with knives and firearms in the building that was raided. They were arrested on suspicions of committing, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism, according to the Metropolitan police.
The arrests come as the Islamic State terrorist group has called on “self-starters” who support the group to target high-profile and commemorative events in their home countries.
Police marksmen from its SO15 terrorism command arrested the youngest suspect on Thursday night at 8.31pm at the £160,000 home he shares with his mother in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He is said to have recently returned from Pakistan.
Fourteen minutes later a 22-year-old was seized by armed officers at a house in Hounslow.
In an unusual move, the eldest suspect was stopped at gunpoint in his car in Southall, West London, but no shots were fired.
The fourth man was arrested in Uxbridge and searches were taking place in Greenford and Hayes, also in West London.
The youngest suspect, 19-year-old Yousef Syed, had been raided in the past by police during an investigation into potential terrorists. Neighbors of the teen called him an “angry” teenager and said that he had recently grown a full beard and started wearing traditional Muslim clothing.
When the neighbor said something to his mother about him, her only response was, “I’m sorry, it’s my son. He’s young and he’s just discovered his faith.”
88-year-old Queen Elizabeth said that she’s not deterred by the alleged plot and that she’ll still be attending Saturday’s festivities.
A source told the UK Sun, “Whatever the security assessment, Her Majesty would not shirk from her responsibility and duty – and this Remembrance Sunday is no different.”
In August, Britain raised its terror threat from “substantial” to “severe” due to the chances of an attack being “highly likely,” as the government fears that supporters of the Islamic State might try to retaliate to the bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria.