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U.K. Police Arrest Six, Search Eight Homes in Terror Probe

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July 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. police arrested five men and a woman and raided eight homes throughout London as part of a terrorism probe.

The six are being detained at a London police station on suspicion of committing, preparing or instigating terrorist acts, the Metropolitan Police Service said today in an e-mailed statement. The arrests and searches aren’t linked to the Olympics Games, scheduled to start this month.

The people range in age from 18 to 30. One, a 24-year-old man, was shot with a Taser and didn’t need treatment. Officers from the police firearms unit were also involved in the operation, the MPS said.

One of the men served as a police community support officer for two years until 2009, the MPS said in a separate statement. He didn’t have a specialist role, they said.

In a separate incident, police closed a major highway in central England to investigate a passenger on a bus headed to London. The investigation, which isn’t being treated as a terrorism operation, led police to shut traffic on the M6, the major highway linking central England with the country’s northwest and Scotland, Staffordshire police said.

Following an initial assessment, police determined there was no danger to passengers and no one is being treated as a suspect.

Sky News initially reported the incident was part of a counter-terrorism operation.

To contact the reporters on this story: Heather Smith in Paris at hsmith26@bloomberg.net; Sofia Horta e Costa in London at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net