London: Europol, the European Union's criminal intelligence agency, has warned that al Qaeda could to target the London Olympics.
According to Europol, the London Games could be targeted for its symbolic value.
Security experts have cautioned that a successful large-scale assault could invigorate the organisation whose profile has been weakened after the death of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Europol said that al Qaeda is concentrating on a strategy of 'individual jihad' in recent years, The Independent reports.
But it also warned that the organisation aimed to stage assaults that would 'cause mass casualties' and wreak a 'psychological impact' that would have a long-term negative effect on society.
The chilling comments in the agency's report amount to the latest of a lengthening list of credible warnings of threats to the Games, which begin in July.
First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 18:24