The British intelligence services have identified 350 potential terrorists who have returned to the UK from fighting in Syria. Security analysts warn that this increases so-called “blowback” terror threats – where terrorists use skills they have learned overseas on home soil targets.
The UK has been on “severe alert” since 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely. It’s the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.
The Times newspaper is reporting that the UK is facing increasing pressure from domestic terror suspects.
Their intelligence sources claim they have identified 350 potential terrorists who have returned to the UK after training and fighting in Syria.
Andy Hayman, who was head of specialist operations at Scotland Yard at the time of the London 7/7 attacks, told the Times that the increase in the number of potential suspects to be monitored was “shocking.”
“I recall the number of people we had to keep under 24/7 watch in the wake of the 2005 attacks — it was far, far smaller than this, yet the drain on our resources was huge,” Hayman said.
The stark news is the latest of grim forecasts from police and intelligence officials in the UK.