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US News Knife attack by inmates wearing fake suicide vests treated as terrorism

16:45  10 january  2020
16:45  10 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The inmates were allegedly wearing fake suicide vests and were shouting jihadist slogans as they launched the assault. HMP Whitemoor is a maximum security prison which houses more than 450 inmates including some of the country's most dangerous terrorists . It was where the London Bridge

Counter- terrorism police are investigating an attack by two inmates on prison staff at a maximum-security prison. The two prisoners involved at the incident at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire were wearing fake suicide vests and brandishing improvised bladed weapons, according to reports.

a blue sign in front of a brick building: Five prison staff at the maximum security jail were taken to hospital © PA Five prison staff at the maximum security jail were taken to hospital An assault on prison officers by two inmates wearing fake suicide vests is being treated as a terror attack, police have said.

One officer was left with stab wounds to his head and neck following the incident at the maximum security HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire on Thursday morning.

He was set on from behind by the prisoners, who are believed to have been armed with improvised bladed weapons.

The inmates were "wearing belts with various items crudely attached", the Metropolitan Police said.

Four other staff, who stepped in to help, also suffered stab injuries. All have now been discharged from hospital.

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ANTI- TERRORIST cops are investigating after two prisoners reportedly wearing fake suicide vests attacked five officers at HMP Whitemoor today. According to the BBC, one prisoner is serving a sentence for a terrorism offence and the other is a Muslim convert convicted for a violent offence.

Counter- terrorism police are investigating after a prison officer was attacked by two inmates at a maximum security jail, with five officers taken to The BBC reports that the pair – who slashed and stabbed a guard – were armed with bladed weapons and were wearing fake suicide vests .

a close up of a person wearing a hat: Brusthom Ziamani, who was jailed for planning to behead a UK soldier, is believed to have been involved © PA Brusthom Ziamani, who was jailed for planning to behead a UK soldier, is believed to have been involved Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, said there was "no doubt in my mind that, but for the bravery of staff", an officer could have died, adding that it was "extremely serious".

The prison service said it had been "quickly resolved by brave staff".

It is believed to be the first attack of its kind to be launched in a jail. A home-made IRA bomb was detonated inside

Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast in 1991.

One of the convicts believed to be involved is Brusthom Ziamani, a followed of preacher Anjem Choudary, who was jailed in 2015 for plotting to behead a soldier.

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Counter- terrorism police have since launched an investigation after the attack , which is thought to have involved another inmate . He did not state the nature of the injuries to the officers amid reports the inmates were wearing fake suicide vests and shouting Islamist slogans.

Officers said the man had been wearing a fake suicide vest and stabbed several people. London Bridge attack being treated as terror -related, say police. One member of the public backed away holding a large knife , seconds before a police officer dragged a man attempting to restrain the

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: The Metropolitan Police said it was being treated as a terror attack © PA The Metropolitan Police said it was being treated as a terror attack The other prisoner is said to be a Muslim convert jailed for a violent offence.

Police said there was "nothing to suggest any continuing threat inside or outside of the prison system".

They added that both suspects remained in prison and no arrests had been made.

Scotland Yard said it was "deemed appropriate" for the investigation to be carried out by counter-terrorism officers and that the investigation "continues at pace".

The decision was taken by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, senior national coordinator for counter terrorism policing, it added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised the prison officers' "courageous response".

He tweeted: "My thoughts are with the prison staff who were injured in the suspected terrorist incident at HMP Whitemoor and I would like to thank them, and the emergency services, for their courageous response.

"We owe those who keep us safe a huge debt of gratitude."

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