An unidentified man has been arrested outside the British Parliament building following an “incident” in which he was found to be carrying a “backpack full of knives.”
The Thursday statement on the incident from the London Metropolitan Police reads:
‘A man has been arrested… as part of an ongoing operation. The 27-year-old man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him. He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station… there is no immediate known threat.’
London was already on edge following a car ramming terror attack outside Parliament earlier this month that left several dead.
In addition to that incident, the London police have just revealed that a man has pled guilty to a plot to bomb a crowded area.
The suspect in the bombing plot, 19 year old Haroon Ali Syed, tried “to source a bomb, with a special request for it to be packed with nails so he could detonate it in a crowded place.”
The individual arrested outside Parliament on Thursday has not been named; however, photos of his arrest indicate that he is of dark complexion and possibly Middle Eastern origin.