Thankfully, an Islamic terror attacked was stopped in London on Thursday. A 27-year-old man with a collection of large knives was apprehended by police in nearly the same spot as the terror attack that occurred last month when Khalid Massood mowed down innocent bystanders on the Westminster Bridge as he drove towards Parliament.
The Telegraph reports:
A suspected jihadist armed with several knives was thought to be heading towards Downing Street when he was dramatically arrested by armed police, security sources have revealed.
The 27-year-old man was carrying a rucksack containing at least three knives when he was detained "following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation", police said.
The ‘lone wolf’ suspect had been under close surveillance when counter-terrorism officers ordered his immediate detention as he came within 300 yards of the gates of the Prime Minister’s residence.
It is understood that the suspect’s family had become concerned about his behaviour and reported him to the authorities several weeks ago. Investigators believe he was about to launch an attack.
Not many details have been released on the suspect, but they do know he was born overseas and lives in southeast London. He had been under surveillance by a counter-terrorism unit and that’s credited for the swift response.
Conservative parliament member Mark Pritchard praised the armed police and slammed the liberal Labour party for wanting to take away their guns on Twitter:
Prime Minister Theresa May said, “It shows that our police and intelligence and security services are on the alert, as they always are, looking to keep us safe and secure. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these people, many of whom are unseen, unheard, yet the job they do day in, day out to keep us secure is a really important one and we should thank them for it."