Five maximum security prison officers attacked, UK counter-terrorism police investigate

Five maximum security prison officers attacked, UK counter-terrorism police investigate
Five maximum security prison officers attacked, UK counter-terrorism police investigate

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - London Police say officers from its Counter Terrorism Command are leading an inquiry into the assault of five prison officers at a maximum security jail in England January 9, 2020. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Jan 10 — Five prison officers were assaulted at a maximum security jail in England yesterday and British counter-terrorism police opened an investigation, a police spokesman said.

London Police said officers from its Counter Terrorism Command were leading the inquiry into the incident at Whitemoor prison in central England.

The BBC reported that two inmates, one who was serving a sentence for terrorism offences, had carried out the attack using bladed weapons and were wearing fake suicide vests.

“Due to certain circumstances relating to this incident, it was deemed appropriate for the investigation to be carried out by officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command,” a police spokesman said.

“However, we must stress that at this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind with regards to any motives and enquiries to establish the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing,” the spokesman said.

In 2016, Britain announced plans to isolate radical Islamists in special units in high security jails to limit their ability to influence other inmates amid concerns that prisons were breeding grounds for extremists. — Reuters

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