Lunchtime news from the Telegraph
Two more men have been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green bombing, taking the total to five. Scotland Yard said men aged 30 and 48 were detained during a raid by counter-terrorism officers at a home in Newport, South Wales at around 5.10am on Wednesday.
A third man, 25, who was arrested at a separate address in Newport shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, and two other suspects detained on Saturday remain in custody.
Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said: "This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. We now have five men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses.
Witnesses to Tuesday's arrest described officers "jumping" a man who was put into a police car and driven away.
Mr Ali said the arrested man worked as a painter and decorator for some local residents.He added: "They were Met Police officers, they were wearing hats saying Met Police and they didn't speak like anyone from round here." That's because they weren't from round there.
Residents said the arrested man had lived in the area for many years and attended local mosques. "He was a nice guy, everybody knew him," one man said. "He was a student here and he worked as a painter and decorator."
One mother added: "He did some painting on our house about two years ago. He was a nice guy, he was very softly spoken. He used to condemn terrorism in front of my husband, my husband would condemn terrorism and he would agree with him. I know he is a Muslim but I don't know what mosque he went to. Muslims in this area are totally shocked, we condemn terrorism totally and we totally condemn what happened in London."
The latest raids were carried out by the Met Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by Gwent Police and the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (Wectu) and both addresses in the town were being searched on Wednesday.
Detectives had already been granted more time to question two suspects, Yahyah Farroukh, 21, and an 18-year-old man, over Friday morning's bomb attack on a London Underground train, which injured 30.
Hm. So two of the latest round of arrests are of Muslim men aged, respectively, 30 and 48. Rather puts paid to the 'vulnerable yoof' excuse. And I observe that their neighbours are predictably shocked! shocked! because arrested was soooo sweet and nice and quiet... "Residents said the arrested man had lived in the area for many years and attended local mosques. "He was a nice guy, everybody knew him", one man said." Attended local mosques, did he?? Then I damn well hope that all of said 'local mosques' are being surprise-raided and searched. I hope they're under surveillance at the very least and their imams, sheiks, and any 'guest speakers' for 'special programs' are being scrutinised very, very closely. If they're not they should be. "He was a nice guy, everybody knew him"??? Well if they all "knew" him then the logical conclusion is that they had a pretty damn good idea what he and his mates were getting up to. And.. nobody 'ratted'. More - "One other added, "He did some painting on our house about two years ago. He was a nice guy, he was very softly spoken". 'Nice guy... very softly spoken'. *That* is something for all eager kuffar 'defenders of Islam' to bear in mind when they go on about how they work with/ are neighbours to such a nice, sweet, gentle Muslim person and that therefore a large Muslim presence in one's country isn't anything to worry about, the jihadi assassins are a lunatic fringe, a tinyminority who have nothingtodowithIslam. They forget that it is possible to be a polite, sweetly smiling person... and plot and attempt to carry out mass murder. More (it's unclear whether this 'mother' is Muslim or infidel; possibly Muslim, in which case every word she says must be assumed to be calculated to deflect attention from Islam, and from the Ummah). "He used to condemn terrorism in front of my husband, my husband would condemn terrorism (sic: but if she's a Muslim she might be using Islamic doublespeak, she isn't saying 'Muslim/ Islamic terrorism', she's just saying 'terrorism' ... 'terrorism' can be anything kuffar do to defend themselves against jihadi assault - CM), and he would agree with him. I know he is a Muslim but I don't know what mosque he went to. (Suuuuuure you don't - CM). Muslims in this area are totally shocked (if you are a Muslim, madam, I don't believe you - CM), we condemn terrorism totally (again, I observe she does not say 'Islamic terrorism' - CM), and we totally condemn what happened in London." Suuuure she does...