UK: Jihadis to Somalia

UK: Jihadis to Somalia

Channel 4 will be showing a special program tonight.

Dozens of Islamic extremists have returned to Britain from terror training camps in Somalia, the British security services believe.

Security officials and intelligence analysts are worried that, once back in Britain, militants will attack targets here or use the kudos from having trained and fought in Somalia to attract new recruits. In his first interview last month Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, raised the issue of British Muslims visiting Somali terror training camps, while the outgoing head of the CIA, Michael Hayden, has said that Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia in late 2006 had "catalysed" expatriate Somalis around the world.

An audio message from Osama bin Laden last month urged Muslims to send money or go to fight themselves in Somalia.

An investigation for Channel 4 News, to be broadcast tonight, also reveals that a suicide bomber who grew up in Ealing is thought to have blown himself up in an attack in Somalia that killed more than 20 soldiers.

The incident is the first reported case involving a Somali based in Britain and will add to pressure on Scotland Yard and the home office to tackle the problem within the Somali community, which, at about 250,000 people, is the biggest in Europe.


Source: Channel 4 (English)

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