Could Britain be at risk of Al Qaeda terror attack?

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  • Fears of an Al Qaeda terror plot in Britain appeared to heighten yesterday as the Prime Minister ordered an urgent security review.

    Intelligence officials warned yesterday of a possible commando style terror attack on Britain that may hit tourist attractions such as the The City and the Tower of London.

    Expressing the severity of the case, the Home Office, Foreign Office and US administration yesterday delivered co-ordinated warnings to the public.

    David Cameron was reportedly shocked after being told about the terrorist threat and demanded an urgent security review.

    In response, the Home Secretary Theresa May revealed British spooks are working vigilantly with their American counterparts to prevent the attacks.

    She said: ‘We have consistently made clear that we face a real and serious threat from terrorism. I would urge the public to report any suspicious activity to support our security services.’

    Yesterday the US State Department signalled that an al-Qaeda atrocity might be close when it issued a travel warning to its citizens across Europe to stay away from crowded tourist spots.

    The British government said the US advice was consistent with its own analysis of the threat to the public here.

    US intelligence chiefs suggest Bin Laden has personally masterminded the attacks and although specific locations have not been exposed, the UK terror level remains severe.

    The suspects involved in the plot include British citizens of Pakistani origin, but more positively the Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) is said to have identified a number of those involved though voice mapping technology.

    At present, Whitehall officials say there are no plans to raise the UK terror threat rating to critical.


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