Sources at Scotland Yard told The (UK)Sun there are 25 British Muslims training with Al Qaeda in Yemen and has plans to blow up Western airliners like Umar Abdulmutallab who attempted to blow Delta Flight 253 on Christmas Day.
The young men in their 20’s are training in groups of five at a secret terror training camp north of Saana, Yemen’s capitol.
The men are from places in UK: East London, Bradford, Luton and Leytonstone. The 25 men comes from Pakistani and Somali backgrounds. A few of the young men recruited were gang members.
The sources say that the men are due back in England in early 2010. There, they await word from Al Qadea by e-mail to attack.
A Scotland Yard source said: “The great fear is Abdulmutallab is the first of many ready to attack planes and kill tens of thousands.
“We know there are four or five radicalised British Muslim cells in the Yemen.
“They are due back within months when they will be under constant surveillance.”
Special Branch of London Metropolitan Police monitor the men during the spring and summer fly from UK airports to Yemen. The tickets were bought with cash a week before the flight.
The source added: “Imams would have promised them rewards in heaven for becoming suicide bombers prepared to kill Westerners.”
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