And thousands more willing to join them while they currently wait in asylum lines.
MI5 and police are watching more than 3,000 homegrown terror suspects willing to attack on British soil
- Head of MI5 warns of unprecedented threat from homegrown jihadis
- 3,000 men and women, mainly in their teens, are being watched in UK
- Andrew Parker said six terror plots alone foiled at home in the past year
- NHS playing role in identifying people at risk of being radicalised
Warning: 3,000 jihadis are being watched and MI5 boss Andrew Parker, pictured, said six plots have been foiled at home in the past year
More than 3,000 British Islamist extremists are being monitored by police and the security services, it was revealed today.
The group of men and women, mainly in their teens, have been radicalised and are willing to launch a terror attack in the UK, sources have said.
Hundreds may also have trained in Syria as ISIS fighters before returning to Britain.
It came as the head of MI5 warned that the UK is facing an unprecedented terror threat with home-grown fanatics are ‘being radicalised to the point of violence within weeks’.
Andrew Parker said the six plots foiled at home in the past year ‘is the highest number I can recall in my 32-year career, certainly the highest number since 9/11’.
His agency has also helped to foil a further nine plots overseas while the Government is said to have a ‘kill list’ of British jihadis in Syria they want to assassinate.
On the home-grown threat, Mr Parker warned: ‘Most of the people who try to become involved in terrorism in this country are people who are born and brought up here, have come through our education system and have nonetheless concluded that their home country, the country of their birth, is their enemy.’
Security sources have said that more than 3,000 people are being watched because they are considered a threat to the UK.
The NHS is helping root out extremists because experts believe a ‘significant’ number are suffering from mental health problems, The Times said today.
These people are so vulnerable to grooming by other extremists that the NHS has staff who help identify ‘extremist behaviour’, according to the newspaper.