London: An al Qaeda linked Islamist terror group has threatened to launch a wave of attacks against Britain if it deports radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Somali-based terror network al-Shabaab said there would be “disaster” for the British public if Qatada is sent back to Jordan.
SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online activity from terrorist groups, said al-Shabaab had issued a warning on militant forums, The Telegraph reports.
“The British public is also forewarned that it will be the British government, as a result of its imprudence, that shall be liable for any disaster that befalls them, or their national interests,” the terror group reportedly said.
Last week, a similar statement issued by al Qaeda said it would “open the gates of evil” on Britain if it deports Qatada.
“We warn the British government against extraditing Sheikh Abu Qatada to Jordan", the statement said.
According to the paper, the warning came after it emerged UK Home Secretary Theresa May could learn next month whether the Home Office blundered over the appeal deadline for Qatada.
Sources close to the matter revealed that a panel of European judges is expected to sit in May to decide whether the cleric’s application was in time, and whether he has a case for an appeal.