London: Young British Muslims are being
groomed by al Qaeda for a Mumbai-style attack on targets in
Britain, the country`s spy agency has warned.
Britain`s internal intelligence agency MI5 has warned
that a new generation of British extremists is being
radicalised by Middle East-based Anwar al-Awlaki, who
recruited the Detroit plane bomber.
They are concerned that Awlaki`s followers could
unleash a wave of easily planned guerrilla-style terrorist
attacks similar to the massacre in Mumbai, The Daily Telegraph
Such small-scale attacks could be carried out cheaply
by individuals with little terrorist training and without the
need for the support of a large organisation, it said.
According to the report, al-Awlaki caught the
headlines with one of his statements in March, in which he
said: "Isn`t it ironic that the two capitals of the war
against Islam, Washington DC and London, have also become
among the centres of Western Jihad (holy war). Jihad is
becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon
Awlaki, born in America but of Yemeni descent, is in
hiding in Yemen, where he spent his teenage years. He is known
for his English language sermons delivered over internet.
In the past few weeks, al Qaeda has released a
45-minute interview with him in which he admitted involvement
in 14 plots in the US, Canada and Britain, the report said.
The British security forces have become so worried
about Awlaki`s rising influence that they have alerted
ministers to their fears. He is being regarded as one of the
world`s most wanted terrorists, the report said.