'SEVERE' EXCLUSIVE Spies Warn of a Massive Truck Terror Bomb Attack on UK Bases as Threat Level Raised to Al-Qaeda Cells Have Easy Access to Explosives and Are Planning to Strike at a Military Barracks 100s of Young Muslims in UK Have Been Recruited to the Cause and Are Successfully Fund-Raising

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'SEVERE' EXCLUSIVE Spies Warn of a Massive Truck Terror Bomb Attack on UK Bases as Threat Level Raised to Al-Qaeda Cells Have Easy Access to Explosives and Are Planning to Strike at a Military Barracks 100s of Young Muslims in UK Have Been Recruited to the Cause and Are Successfully Fund-Raising


Byline: RUPERT HAMER

AL-QAEDA suicide truck bombers are planning to strike at a British military base in the next two months, according to secret intelligence reports.

Anti-terrorist agents have issued the warnings to senior officers from all three armed services - raising the threat level to "severe" at barracks and bases across the country.

MI5 bosses believe fanatics are planning to drive trucks packed full of explosives at military headquarters - and believe London, in particular, has been targeted.

D-Day anniversary services are an obvious target.

They are also examining new intelligence that al-Qaeda is plotting to bomb "highly populated areas" in an effort to cause maximum casualties.

In a series of briefings, intelligence chiefs revealed:

AL-QAEDA cells have easy access to explosives but are struggling to smuggle detonators into Britain.

HUNDREDS of young Muslims in England have been recruited to the cause and are successfully fund-raising.

MI5 agents are racing against time to infiltrate their ranks.

The British intelligence reports follow revelations last week that the fanatical network - led by Osama bin Laden - is planning further attacks in America.

It also comes after the London arrest of Muslim cleric Abu Hamza who is wanted in the US for questioning over his suspected links with al-Qaeda. Last night a security source said: "We have warned the armed forces of what we believe is being planned. It would most likely involve some kind of vehicle, explosives, and someone prepared to lose their own life in the attack.

"The other scenario is an attack in a highly-populated area, an explosive device designed to kill as many people as they can.

"At the moment the highest priority for the terrorists, however, appears to be to hit a military base, most likely in London. Although such an attack would be unlikely to kill or injure many soldiers it would be seen as revenge for our presence in Iraq. …

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