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Brothers planning ‘IS-inspired bomb attack’ arrested by London terrorist police

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AEC Routemasters buses at Aldgate bus station in London

AEC Routemasters buses at Aldgate bus station in London. Photo: Ted Quackenbush.

A suspected Islamic State-inspired bomb attack has reportedly been uncovered by London’s counter-terrorism officers in what has been described as the most “significant” terrorist plot against the capital in two years.

During dawn raids in west London on Thursday, detectives arrested two brothers, aged 19 and 20, over fears they were trying to acquire automatic weapons and chemicals to make bombs.

Their alleged targets were unclear but were thought to be random members of the public rather than the military or police. MI5 reportedly fears the pair were plotting to build a bomb similar to those used to kill 52 people on public transport in the capital on July 7, 2005.

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