After fighting in Syria 250 British jihadis are ‘back in the UK’ say intelligence officers.
At least 250 British jihadists who have fought in war-torn Syria are feared to be back on the streets in the UK – posing a massive threat to our security.
Counter terrorism cops yesterday confirmed that around 500 British extremists had made the journey to the Middle East to fight. But we can reveal that at least half of those fanatics have already returned to the UK. MI5 have made tracking down the jihadists their number one priority fearing they will use their newly-acquired skills to launch terror attacks in the UK.
Intelligence services will monitor the 250 jihadists – many of whom will have been trained in bomb-making and how to launch insurgent attacks.
A security official said: “Of the several hundred British people who have gone to Syria to fight, around 250 have returned to the UK.
“The number returning is a real fear and there is the threat of them taking action here.
“The security services are managing and monitoring those people and it is our job to gather evidence against them that we can hand to the police.” Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that hundreds of British fighters were thought to have been recruited into Islamist groups waging war in Syria. Some estimates put the number higher, with the true figure still unknown.
He said: “Our estimate at the moment is around 500 people.