Hundreds of young British Muslims are being radicalised, groomed and set on a path to mass murder, the head of MI5 said yesterday. In a stark public warning, Dame Eliza ManninghamBuller, the director-general of MI5, revealed that the Security Service's caseload had risen by 80 percent since January and now involved about 30 “Priority 1” plots, reports the Times of London. It has identified 200 terrorist networks involving at least 1,600 people, many under the direct control of al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.
“More and more people are moving from passive sympathy towards active terrorism through being radicalised or indoctrinated by friends, families, in organised training events here and overseas,” she said. “Young teenagers are being groomed to be suicide bombers.” Dame Eliza said that she was alarmed by the “scale and speed” of the radicalisation. “Killing oneself and others in response is an attractive option for some citizens of this country and others around the world,” she said.