The Telegraph (British) website reports that British police today (September 17, 2010) arrested six men on terrorist charges over an alleged plan to assassinate Pope Benedict XVI.
Police had first arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists -- working as street cleaners -- in London, during raids at 5:45 a.m. at a rubbish depot, based on an intelligence tip received overnight. The men -- aged from 26 to 50 -- are said to be from several nationalities including a number of Algerian origin.
The sixth man, aged 29, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. at a house in London.
The Pope continued with his engagements, unaffected by the developments. The Pope is protected by British police and by members of the Swiss Guard. He often travels in the Popemobile -- a bullet-proof glass enclosure vehicle.