Four men in their early 20s were arrested in dawn raids across London as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism, police said. Armed police were present at one of the raids, but no shots were fired, London’s Metropolitan Police said. Officers used a Taser on one of the suspects.
"These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism," a statement said. "A number of residential addresses and vehicles are being searched by specialist officers in west and central London as part of the investigation."
British police arrested 11 people last month in other Islamist-related operations. It was not immediately clear if the various investigations were connected. In August, Britain raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of "severe", meaning an attack was considered highly likely. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Islamic State militants battling for territory in Syria and Iraq also posed a grave security risk to Britain.
- Alexander Smith and Alastair Jamieson