Tiny Minority of Extremists Update. “Britain’s spy chief warns of terrorist plots” from Reuters:
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s intelligence agency head was quoted on Friday as saying up to about 30 major terrorist plots were being planned in the country and that future threats could involve chemicals and nuclear technology.
Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of MI5, said young British Muslims were being groomed to become suicide bombers and that her agents were tracking some 1,600 suspects, most of whom were British-born and linked to al Qaeda.
“We are aware of numerous plots to kill people and damage our economy. What do I mean by numerous? Five? Ten? No, nearer 30 … that we know of,” Manningham-Buller said in a speech in London on Thursday that was reported by British media.
She was quoted as saying the plots were “priority one” cases.
“My officers and the police are working to contend with some 200 groupings or networks, totaling over 1,600 identified individuals who are actively engaged in plotting or facilitating terrorist acts here and overseas,” she said.
Manningham-Buller said the number of cases being pursued by security services had risen by 80 percent since January.
“Today we see the use of home-made improvised explosive devices. Tomorrow’s threat may — and I suggest will — include the use of chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology,” she said.
Manningham-Buller said it was clear from so-called “martrydom” videos that suicide bombers were motivated in part by “their interpretation as anti-Muslim of UK foreign policy, in particular the UK’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
As well as at least 95 other things.