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Terrorists arrested for plot to kill British Queen

Four men in their twenties were arrested after a foiled attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth II.

FILE: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: SASCOC

LONDON - Four suspected terrorists have been arrested by British police for putting together a carefully designed plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II.

The attack was supposed to happen over the weekend during Remembrance Day celebrations honouring the country's fallen troops.

No substantive details regarding the terror plot have been released.

And at this stage there are many unanswered questions.

The most pressing of which is how was the alleged killer, equipped with a knife, was going to break through security and police barriers and approach the Queen?

The suspects taken in are all young men in their twenties thought to be residents of the United Kingdom.

Counter terrorism police were tracking them for months.

They were reportedly inspired by extremist groups calling for violence in western Europe.

There is growing concern in the UK that homegrown extremists who have gone off to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria might return to commit acts of terrorism on British soil.

In August, the country's security level was raised to severe, the second highest warning that a terrorist attack is very likely.