Two suspected Isis members have been arrested in Italy for allegedly being part of a terror cell planning to attack Canary Wharf.

Afghan Hakim Nasiri, 23, was arrested by police in the southern Italian city of Bari on suspicion of international terrorism alongside Gulistan Ahmadzai, 29, who is being held under suspicion of aiding illegal immigration, according to The Mirror.

The two men are believed to be members of a five-person group with links to Isis that had allegedly been established in Puglia, Italy, with the aim of carrying out violent attacks in Italy and abroad.

The potential targets in London included West India Quay, the Sunborn Yacht Hotel in Royal Docks, the South Quay footbridge, a Premier Inn hotel in Stratford near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City.

These were alongside targets in Rome including the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus.

A statement from the Bari authorities said: “The group carried out preliminary inspections of locations, taking photographs and videos, to prepare terrorist attacks.”

Another of the five suspects was said to have been arrested in Milan on Tuesday while the other two are reportedly in Afghanistan.