Director General Ken McCallum tells BBC right-wing terrorist attacks are also an increasing concern

Islamist terrorists have been emboldened by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and may be plotting more attacks on Great Britain, the chief of the country’s counter-terrorism service warned in a BBC interview on Friday.

“There is no doubt that events in Afghanistan will have heartened and emboldened some of those extremists,” MI 5 Director General Ken McCallum said, adding that there is also a risk of an increase in larger plots directed by terrorism groups like al-Qaeda, he warned.

McCallum said a total of 31 late-stage terror plots in Britain have been foiled in the past four years.  Most were Islamic extremist plots, but a “growing number” were planned by right-wing terrorists, he said.


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