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Minst 200 potensielle terrorister driver aktiv planlegging av selvmordsangrep på britisk jord og kan gjøre det som frie borgere, advarer britisk etterretning.

Det er Sunday Telegraph som har de sjokkerende opplysningene.200 suicide bombers ‘planning attacks in UK’

At least 200 potential terrorists are actively planning suicide attacks while living freely in Britain, intelligence chiefs have warned ministers.

En høytstående etterretningskilde sier til Telegraph at dette anslaget er konservativt.

Opplysningene stammer fra en intern sikkerhetsevaluering. Britisk politi står foran en av sine største utforderinger noensinne når London skal arrangere OL neste år.

The figures are contained within a secret government report on the «enduring terrorist threat» facing the UK from al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.
While the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki may have left al-Qaeda without a charismatic leader, both the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, and the Security Service, MI5, believe the organisation remains as dangerous as ever.

Britisk etterretning har tidligere gått ut med at man kjenner til 2.000 islamske terrorister i Storbritannia som man forsøker å følge med på hva gjør. Av dem er altså en tiendedel potensielle selvmordskandidater.

Etterretningskilden sier at det ikke er lett å stanse et slikt angrep.

The intelligence source added that suicide bombers would only be stopped by either a «chance encounter» or by an intelligence-led investigation. But he added that if a terrorist cell was properly organised and secure there was very little the authorities could do to prevent an attack.

Britisk etterretning opplyser at jihadistmiljøene har lært av sine feil, og de følger med på hva politi og myndigheter gjør og tar sine forholdsregler. Jihadistene er langt vanskeligere å oppdage nå enn for noen år siden.

One intelligence official told this newspaper: «We may have only had one ‘successful’ suicide attack in Britain but the tactic remains an enduring threat. This is a generational problem we are facing. The terrorists are learning all the time and adapting their tactics. They now operate a cell structure and there security is very tight.

«Suicide bombers know the signs we will be looking for. So they don’t pray in the moments before an attack, there will be no heavy coats in summer and they are becoming much more security aware. For every countermeasure we develop they create a new ‘measure’. They will always be looking for our exposed flank.»

Dokumenter som ble kjent gjennom Wikileaks viste at britisk politi uttrykte stor bekymring over utviklingen overfor amerikanske kolleger.

Earlier this year, classified intelligence documents disclosed by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, showed that MI6 officers believed that Britain was facing a wave of suicide attacks from British-based Muslim extremists who had been trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan.

One report quoted an MI6 officer’s briefing to US officials in which he said: «The internal threat is growing more dangerous because some extremists are conducting non-lethal training without ever leaving the country. Should these extremists then decide to become suicide operatives, HMG [Her Majesty’s Government] intelligence resources, eavesdropping and surveillance would be hard pressed to find them on any ‘radar screen’.»

For to uker siden arresterte politiet seks menn fra Birmingham mistenkt for å planlegge terror i Storbritannia.

Two of the six, Irfan Nasser and Irfan Khalid, are accused of preparing for an act of terrorism, including travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism, making a martyrdom video and planning a bombing campaign. They are also accused of «being concerned in constructing» a home-made explosive device for terrorist acts and stating an intention to be a suicide bomber.

Sikkerhetseksperter tror jihadistene anvender selvmordsbombere fordi en slik metode inngyter maksimal frykt i befolkningen. Man utviklet metoden i Libanon, den ble hyppig brukt i Irak, og overført til Afghanistan.

Storbritannia opplevde et selvmordsangrep 7/7 2005. At det skulle stå klar 200 selvmordsbombere er en opplysning som er vanskelig å ta inn. Det åpner helt ukjente perspektiver.