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27 January 2010 :: 13:01:58 pm 10869

UK Terror Threat Raised Amidst Two New Security Fears

British Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced two new terror threats that have emerged forcing the nation to raise its terror threat status from “substantial” to “severe” over the weekend.
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London, the 25th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The ‘severe’ terror alert was announced by the Home Secretary on Saturday because the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre at MI5 believes an attack is “highly likely”. It is the first time the alert level has reached “severe” since last summer. The next level – the highest – is “critical”

Uncovered by a leading British publication, a threat has emerged that suggest Al-Qaeda agencies and affiliates have begun training female suicide bombers of non Arab appearance. The recruits are expected to have been trained to attack western targets including; airliners, sports stadium, ports and power stations.

Travelling on western passports and with no prior criminal record and not appearing on the terrorist databases, these women are believed to have been in part trained by the same Yemeni terror cell responsible for the failed Christmas Day attack on a US airliner bound for Detroit.   

A former White House counter-terrorist advisor has been quoted as saying: “They have trained women. There are others who are still out there who have been trained and who are ‘clean skins’. ­ That means people who we do not have a record of, people who may not look like al-Qaeda terrorists, who may not be Arabs, and may not be men.”

Female suicide bombers are not especially a new concept, with Al-Qaeda having used them significantly in Iraq and Palestinian group Hamas also reportedly have used women in attacks on Israeli targets. However, the use of female suicide bombers against western targets would be a first.

The second threat is reported to have stemmed from an Indian Intelligence report suggesting Al-Qaeda forces in Pakistan are preparing to hi-jack an airliner bound for the UK in order to commit a terrorist attack on an unknown British city.

 

Allegedly, British intelligence has long feared an attack of this nature after a similar scenario was reported in 2003 stating that Al-Qaeda had planned to hi-jack a plane and fly it into Heathrow Airport. At the time of that threat, the Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Home Secretary David Blunkett positioned army tanks around Heathrow Airport in a show of strength, although reports have suggested that the tanks were not armed for fire and were merely being used as a deterrent. 

The Indian government is reportedly also taking this renewed threat seriously after recently capturing a suspected Islamic terrorist leader. Passenger screening has been increased at all Indian International airports and extra sky marshals have been put in place on outbound flights operated by Air India and Indian Airlines.

 

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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