A SECOND group of al-Qaida fanatics is planning a deadly terror attack in Britain.
Security chiefs revealed the shocking information days after arresting 12 terrorist suspects in north-west England.
And intelligence staff are working round the clock to track down the group, which is thought to contain up to 40 extremists, mainly from Pakistan.
They say a strike could come “at any time” and could even happen before the end of the Easter break.
“Soft targets” would include football grounds, shopping malls or tourist attractions to ensure maximum casualties.
But MI5 officers believe the latest wave of terrorists is plotting an atrocity in London, not the North-West
The existence of the second cell was revealed to Cobra, the emergency committee of intelligence chiefs and ministers after last week’s arrests in Clitheroe, Lancs, Manchester and Liverpool.
Most of the suspects are in Britain from Pakistan on student visas and at least one is said to have links to a house owned by one of Osama bin Laden’s henchman.
The raids were launched when police received details of a plot to bomb Manchester’s Piccadilly train station over Easter…