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Woman shot and four arrested during anti-terror raid

Woman shot by police in London anti-terror raid

A woman's been shot by police during an anti-terror operation in London.

A woman in her 20s was shot during the raid on Thursday evening. She was shot after police entered a house in the Willesden neighborhood.

She was one of the subjects of the terror probe and remains under police guard in hospital.

Giving an update on the two operations, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said on Friday: "Due to these arrests that have been made yesterday, in both cases I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed".

A 20-year old woman and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at the address where the woman was shot, as was a 20-year-old man nearby.

A further woman, aged 43, was arrested in Kent a short while later.

Police say the four people are being held on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

A police statement says the overnight raids were not related to Thursday's incident near Parliament in which a man was arrested while allegedly carrying large knives in a backpack.

The police raids Thursday led to multiple arrests. He didn't give details of how the woman was shot. They were being questioned but had not been charged.

A Western security source said the man, from London, was known to counter-terrorism officers and the domestic intelligence agency MI5 before his arrest. Police said the two incidents were unrelated.

He was arrested yards from where an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22, killing four, before fatally stabbing a police officer inside Parliament's gates.

Basu said the Willesden raid disrupted an ongoing plot, but did not elaborate.

"The armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with and involved armed officers firing CS gas into the address", Basu said.

Since August 2014, Britain has been on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

Police said Friday the raids in north London and southeastern England were not related to the earlier incident, which reminded numerous March 22 attack on Parliament and Westminster Bridge that claimed the lives of one police officer and four pedestrians.

Tory MP James Cleverly was close friends with Keith Palmer - the police officer killed in last month's attack - and paid an emotional tribute to him in Parliament.