Westminster terror suspect identified by police

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A terror suspect arrested near Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament has been named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, according to the BBC.

The 27-year-old was detained as part of an intelligence-led operation after a concerned family member is believed to have contacted the police.

The tip-off from the family member has proven to be a priceless piece of information.

He was held on Thursday on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and preparing for acts of terrorism.

This comes a month after an Islamic terrorist ploughed people down in a car on Westminster bridge and going on to kill a policeman. He was later killed by police.

Mr Ali is thought to be a UK national – but born overseas – and to have gone to school in Tottenham, north London.

He was known to the police and the security service MI5. Police are still searching addresses linked to him.

He is being held in custody in a south London police station.

The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday he had been arrested in Parliament Street, at the junction with Parliament Square, “following a ‘stop and search’ as part of an ongoing operation”.

A statement added: “The man 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.

“Detectives from the counter-terrorism command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”

Bravo to our police force and intelligence agencies for constantly keeping our streets safe from the terror which Islamists wish us to endure.