Highlighting a detail buried in this report. In any case, no worries about these camps. I’m sure that the Vast Majority of Peaceful, Law-Abiding Muslims is working with police right now to close them down. From Reuters, with thanks to Rachel Neuwirth:
LONDON (Reuters) – Police say they uncovered evidence of terrorist training camps in Britain after raiding Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri’s north London mosque, which they believe was a global magnet for Islamic militants.
Police said they have had evidence of the camps for years, but it could not be disclosed until Tuesday after the end of a trial at which the cleric was convicted of 11 charges, including soliciting murder and possessing a terrorist training manual.
In January 2003, about 150 police staged a dramatic raid on Finsbury Park Mosque as part of their investigation into a plot to make the deadly poison ricin at a nearby north London apartment.
Inside the mosque they discovered gas masks, chemical, biological and nuclear protective suits, blank passports, hunting knives, and blank-firing weapons.
“The suspicion of the anti-terrorist branch was that this was probably material used in training camps in the UK,” a police source told Reuters.
“We’ve never been able to pinpoint their locations, who was running them or what sort of activities that were going on, but that is the conclusion.”