Tuesday, November 6, 2007

MI5: Al-Qa'eda recruiting UK children for terror

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor
Last Updated: 2:08am GMT 06/11/2007

Muslim children as young as 15 are being recruited by al-Qa’eda to wage "a deliberate campaign of terror" in Britain, the head of MI5 has said.
Jonathan Evans used his first speech since taking over the security service to warn that Islamists were "radicalising, indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism."
Mr Evans said the threat has yet to reach its peak He said MI5 had identified 2,000 individuals who pose a direct threat to national security and public safety but warned the number of potential terrorists living in this country could run to 4,000. The stark assessment came as the Government prepared to announce plans for a new counter-terror crackdown.


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