Woman shot in counter-terrorism raid arrested after hospital release

Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
Police at the scene in Harlesden Road following the counter-terrorism operation last Thursday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

A woman shot by counter-terrorism officers during a raid on a house in north-west London has been released from hospital and immediately arrested.

The 21-year-old, who has not been identified, was injured in the operation in Harlesden Road, Willesden, on Thursday evening when armed officers fired CS gas before breaking into the home.

The address and those connected to it had been under observation by counter-terrorism officers. The woman, described by witnesses as wearing a long dress and hijab, was taken by ambulance to hospital.

On Sunday afternoon she was discharged and then arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. She is being held and questioned at a south London police station.

Six other people arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in relation to the Willesden raid remain in custody. Warrants extending their detention were granted at Westminster magistrates court on Saturday.

The Metropolitan police gave their details as a 21-year-old man arrested near Harlesden Road; a 20-year-old woman arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; a 43-year-old woman arrested in Kent; a 16-year-old boy arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; a 28-year-old man arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; and a 28-year-old woman arrested at the address in Harlesden Road.

The six suspects can be detained until dates between 2 and 4 May. They are currently in custody at a south London police station. Searches at the Harlesden Road house and two other London addresses continue.

Speaking after the raid last Friday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: “Due to the arrests made, I believe we have contained the threats that they posed.

“With the attack in Westminster on 22 March so fresh in people’s minds, I would like to reassure everyone that across the country officers are working around the clock to identify those people who intend to commit acts of terror.”


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