16. november 2006

Envoy: Islamic extremists seek weapons

Monday, November 13, 2006 · Last updated 1:54 p.m. PT

Extraction from:  http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1103AP_Britain_Terror_Threat.html

“LONDON — Islamic extremists, including members of al-Qaida, have tried to acquire chemical or radiological weapons to use in attacks against Britain and other Western targets, a senior British diplomat said Monday.

The warning followed an acknowledgment last week by Britain’s domestic spy chief, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, that authorities are tracking almost 30 terrorist plots involving 1,600 people[…]

She said agents had foiled five major plots since the July 2005 transit bomb attacks in London, which killed 52 commuters and the four bombers.

The Foreign Office official said hundreds of British Muslims were making terrorism-related trips between Britain and Pakistan each year…”