Al-Qaeda plotting terror attacks on planes in Europe, warns security minister
New Delhi : Al-Qaeda is targeting planes in Europe for terror strikes, warns security minister.
Ben Wallace said that the way Islamic State declined after becoming one of the most dangerous terror organization, a space has been created for the old terror outfits.
He also talked about the government's £25m research program that aims to protect air planes from new methods of explosion and “insider threats”.
While warning about the threat he said, “The aviation threat is real. Aviation is still a blue riband event for these terrorists.
“Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganised. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks.”
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Mr Wallace said improvements in airport security meant terrorists were less likely to smuggle explosive through terminal security systems:
“They have explored other ways of getting bombs on planes. We've talked publicly about an insider threat issue. If you can't get in the front door, you're going to try to get in the back door,” the minister said.