Segregated communities are “breeding grounds” for Islamic extremism, and the risk of attack from overseas has been replaced by the threat posed by homegrown terrorists, a senior counter-terrorism officer has said.
Addressing the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “The threat was the traveller or the returning fighter, who was battle-hardened and even angrier, but now it’s the threat in our midst,” reports the BBC.
Mr. Basu also said that unregulated schools were “breeding grounds” for Islamic extremism, noting there is a “definite problem in segregated and isolated communities and with what I think is an even more extreme second generation”.
UK terror threat level severe ‘for at least five years’
The senior UK counter-terrorism officer at Scotland Yard has warned the terror threat level will remain at severe for at least the next five years.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the risk posed to the UK from terrorists was “an unknown threat in our midst”.
He warned isolated communities and unregulated schooling in the UK were a “breeding ground” for extremism.
There are currently about 600 active counter-terrorism investigations.