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Britain on high alert after alert on terror plots

Britian's M15 said that about 30 mass-casualty terror attacks being plotted against the country.

November 12, 2006

Britain has stepped on to high alert mode with anti-terrorist police tracking more than 200 groups and more than 1,600 suspects who are thought to be planning attacks in Britain and abroad.

Britain's domestic intelligence agency M15has said that international terror networks directed by Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda in Pakistan are plotting about 30 mass-casualty suicide attacks in Britain. These plots are seen as having links to Al Qaeda in Pakistan, and through those links Al Qaeda gives guidance and training to its British foot soldiers, it is believed Apart from the U K, Spain , France , Canada and Germany are too under terror threat.

Terrorism analysts have said that the threat assumes a grave significance and they were probably prompted by the Democratic victories in US Congress this week. Meanwhile, it is also being seen that Al Qaeda will decrease the intensity of its attacks because President Bush has been weakened in the USA and British Prime Minister Tony Blair is on his way out.

Al Qaeda's first attempted terror attack in Britain was foiled in Birmingham, an industrial city in the British Midlands, in November 2000. In Britain, more and more people are moving from passive sympathy towards active terrorism through being radicalized or indoctrinated by friends, families, in organised training events here and overseas, by images on television, through chat rooms and web sites, it is believed. 

The M15 alert came just days after Dhiren Barot, a 34-year-old convert to Islam, was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison for plotting terror attacks in the United States and Britain, including the use of bombs, attacks on hotels and railway stations in Britain and an attack on Wall Street.

M15 says that the terrorist threats that are increasing day by day are very real, adding that terror threats have grown up over a generation



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