Recruiting by al-Qaida 'means bombs in UK'
Suicide bombings in Britain are almost inevitable, the Metropolitan police commissioner warned in an interview released yesterday. Sir John Stevens warned that al-Qaida was actively recruiting followers in Britain and stressed that there was still a danger of the deployment of chemical and biological weapons. “The suicide threat is there and we have to take account of that,” he said. “We are at the highest level of alert, I think, that we have ever been.” He thought that the introduction of compulsory identity cards was going to be essential to combat extremists. The likelihood of suicide bombings occurring in the UK had grown since a spate of similar attacks on American and European targets in third countries. Since the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2001, the British government has repeatedly warned that London, as the capital of the closest ally of the US, would be a prime target for al-Qaida teams. Full Story