Terrorist tourists: 250 jihadists reportedly return to UK.
Around 250 British jihadists have returned to the UK after training and fighting in Syria, a senior Whitehall security official told the Sunday Times. Security services are monitoring the “extremist tourists”, fearing they might carry out attacks at home.
Ministers have been informed that more than 400 Britons went to Syria to engage in militant activities, and “Well over half of those who traveled out have come back,” the official told the Times.
Senior security officials say the number of “returnees” is now five times the previously reported figure, highlighting the growing threat of so–called ‘extremist tourists’ going to warzones and returning home hardened militants.
“For some, their jihad is done, others will help others travel to Syria, while others will raise funds for fighting,” the Whitehall source said.
The security services are said to be closely monitoring the 250…
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