Brits behind 2/3rd of Islam-related terror in UK: Report

A comprehensive report claims most terrorism in Britain is homegrown.

Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 15:37 PM IST

London: A new report has found that two-thirds of Islam-related terrorism offences in the UK over the past decade involved home-grown terrorists with links to al Qaeda.

According to the Centre for Social Cohesion report, British citizens carried out 69 percent of such incidents between 1999 and 2009.

The report also found that individuals living in London committed some 48 percent of the 127 Islam-related terrorism offences or suicide attacks.

The next two most common regions were the West Midlands (13 percent) and Yorkshire and Humber (nine percent).

“Al Qaeda and al Qaeda-inspired terrorism remains the biggest threat to the UK’s national security,” Sky News quoted the report, as saying.

“The Security Service estimates that over 2,000 people in the UK pose a terrorist threat and in March 2005 it was estimated that there were up to 200 al Qaeda-trained operatives in the UK,” it added.

ANI