Hightened security in the form of a steel steel barrier surrounds the Cenotaph monument in London, where the Queen lays a wreath. This comes after counter-terrorist police aprehended four individuals on Thursday in London. It was claimed by The Sun that the four were planning a”knife attack” on the Queen during Remembrance Day proceedings.
The four men are between ages 19 and 27 according to RT News. UK media reported that the police had been tracking the suspects, all of which are UK citizens, for months with help from the domestic security agency MI5. An armed was even used unit to arrest one of the suspects on the street, suggesting an imminent threat; though, no firearms were found at the suspects’ houses.
The Remembrance Day ceremony is to commemorate the anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice that ended World War I. Despite the heightened threat levels today, the Queen continued on, business as usual.
“Whatever the security assessment, Her Majesty would not shirk from her responsibility and duty – and this Remembrance Sunday is no different,” said a Buckingham source to The Sun.
Terrorism in the UK
According to RT News, In August, MI5 raised the UK terrorist threat level to “severe” – this means that an attack is“highly likely,” and just last month Scotland Yard said it is dealing with an”exceptionally high” number of simultaneous investigations into Islamist terror cells.
More than 220 suspected terrorists have been arrested in the UK so far this year, according to Home Office statistics.