Many of the Muslim Black Widow bomber women who were pulled in were carrying explosives. Other terrorists as young as 17 had bomb materials stashed in their homes across the country. (So, tell me again why the UK has no plans to ban the burqa?)
UK DAILY STAR (H/T herr OYAL) -The operation started when a dozen women in the London and Greater Manchester areas were picked up in security sweeps but allowed to go free. They were put under surveillance and led the undercover cops to more than 30 terror group leaders. But it is feared there are at least 20 of the Black Widow bombers still at large and ready to carry out their deadly missions.
A senior security source said: “The terrorists rely on a woman in a black flowing dress not being stopped. They can’t be searched easily because of their strict rules and it’s hard to see what they are hiding under their robes.
“A lot of people would think twice about searching them for fear of offending religious rules or being accused of sexual harassment or indecency. (Oh give me a break)
“We have broken up a number of attacks with women involved. This is not anti-Muslim, it is a fact that women are being used as bombers and so they have to be stopped.(It should be anti-Muslim since all the bombers are muslims. Sheeesh!)
“By following them and seeing who they met and who these people associated with, we were led to people higher up the chain, the explosives handlers and Mr Bigs.” But spy chiefs believe there are even more women being recruited by male relatives to take their places.
A senior security source has revealed that in the past year between 50 and 60 attacks have been averted after spies infiltrated Muslim terror cells. It is estimated there are 2,200 people under surveillance in this country, including girls and women.
They are usually recruited by fathers or brothers as many are restricted from talking to men outside the family. It’s not the first time terrorists have used the cover of burkas. One of the male leaders of the failed 21/7 suicide bombings wore one to escape the capital after the 2005 bid.
Last year, two women bombed two Moscow subway stations killing at least 38 people and injuring over 60. Chechen “shahidkas” or Black Widows attacked Russian troops in Chechnya and were among a group that took 850 hostages in the Moscow theatre siege in 2002. The stand-off lasted two-and-a-half days. Russian forces killed 38 attackers and at least 129 hostages.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “If we get any intelligence about suspicious activity related to terrorism we will investigate that and use whatever means at our disposal to do so. “Both men and women are involved.”
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “We don’t know whether women are involved or not. If women are being recruited as terrorists they might be and we might not know. “If we have operations running where they are being recruited as teams we would not disclose that. “Women in the past have been arrested and charged on terrorism offences.”