A terrorism analyst has revealed that ISIS extremists are reportedly planning to attack the UK, naming it as their next target following the vote to bomb Syria.
Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst for CNN, warned that the attacks would be launched by British-born jihadists who had spent time in Syria, saying he had been told about the threat by a senior European counter-terrorism official.
According to Mr Cruickshank, the source told him:
There’s intelligence that has been obtained by European security agencies that ISIS in Syria and Iraq is aiming to hit the United Kingdom next. These concerns have been compounded by that vote yesterday in the British House of Commons authorising British airstrikes for the first time against ISIS in Syria. They are treating this very, very seriously indeed.Advertisement
Mr Cruickshank has reported extensively on al Qaeda, ISIS, and other Jihadi groups, said there was now growing concerns that an attack similar to last months massacre in Paris could happen in the UK in the weeks ahead.
The increased threat comes following the arrest of Aine Davis – an associate of Jihadi John Mohammed Emwazi – in Turkey last month, who was reportedly carrying specific plans for a terror attack in Europe given to him by the IS hierarchy.
The UK remains on a severe terror alert meaning an attack is highly likely and radicalisation expert Dr Suraj Lakhani said:
There’s always going to be a fear and a risk that this radicalisation we are seeing is happening within the UK. We know that 750 to 1,000 British Muslims have gone to fight with ISIS and that most of them have come back. The reality is that there is a threat it’s [Paris Attacks] something that could happen in the UK.