Police have prevented “several” terrorism atrocities on the UK mainland in the past 10 months and made 218 arrests. Sixteen British Muslims who have returned from Syria have been charged with terrorist activity.
UK Daily Star Specialist police internet experts have removed 51,000 ‘illegal and deeply damaging’ websites aimed at recruiting jihadists. They are now shutting down 1,000 sites-a-week showing beheadings, torture and suicide bombings in a bid to lure Islamic extremists to the Middle East with the prospect of martyrdom.
Last night police revealed they were probing the disappearance of 66 people reported missing by relatives who fear they have travelled to Syria to join ISIS. Intelligence agencies estimate the authorities have not been told about 500 more who have also made the trek.
Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, national policing lead for counter terrorism, said he was running “exceptionally high numbers” of investigations “the likes of which we have not seen for several years”.
He added: “Against an increasing operational tempo we are disrupting several attack plots a year. These plots are of varied sophistication from individuals planning to carry out spontaneous yet deadly attacks to more complex conspiracies, almost all seemingly are either directed by or inspired by terrorism overseas.
“The volume, range and pace of counter-terrorism activity has undergone a step-change. “Public safety is our number one priority and we will always focus our disruption activity against those posing the greatest and most imminent threat.
Meanwhile Brit IS fighter Abu Abdullah al-Britani appeared in a chilling new video vowing to “chop off the heads” of anyone who opposes the terror network.
He urged western nations to send troops to the region so IS can “kill every single soldier, Allah permitting” and added: “We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring.”