Monday, November 5, 2007

MI5 chief: 'al-Qaeda is recruiting teen terrorists from the UK'

In his first public speech since taking over as Director-General of MI5 in April, Jonathan Evans painted an alarming picture of youngsters being radicalised by al-Qaeda’s recruiters.

“As I speak, terrorists are methodically and intentionally targeting young people and children in this country. They are radicalising, indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism,” he said in an address to the Society of Editors in Manchester.

He added: “This year, we have seen individuals as young as 15 and 16 implicated in terrorist-related activity.”

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