Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Foiled: Terrorist Attacks by 14 Londoners on Military, Police and Political Targets

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Foiled: Terrorist Attacks by 14 Londoners on Military, Police and Political Targets

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

AT LEAST 14 Londoners plotting terror attacks similar to Lee Rigby's murder have been foiled by police and MI5, a report revealed today.

The Henry Jackson Society report also warned that the capital remained Britain's "number one terrorist hotspot". The think tank said London extremists had planned murders focusing on military, police and political targets since 2010. The report also revealed there had been a significant rise in plots involving knives.

The report said London continued to be the main source of Islamist terrorists: 43 per cent of those convicted since 1998 came from the capital. Half of the 117 London Islamist terrorists convicted during that period were from east London, with Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest the most common places of residence. West London boroughs accounted for 19 per cent of cases, as did central London.

Hannah Stuart, the report's author, said: "The vast majority of UK-based terrorists do not act alone. …

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