Another jihadist picked up by police hanging round olympic arena in London.
Security scare: British jihadist who fought with al Qaeda arrested after he enters Olympic Park FIVE times
The revelation comes in a week of heightened tension which saw six men arrested in London on suspicion of planning a terrorist outrage
Security scare: A British jihadist has been arrested
A British jihadist who fought alongside Al Qaeda was arrested after going through the Olympic Park FIVE TIMES… just weeks before the Games begin.
The 24-year-old man, known only as CF, was first arrested four years ago while trying to get to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban against British troops.
He later fled to Somalia, where he trained and fought alongside Al Qaeda fanatics before being arrested and sent back to the UK last March.
Despite being on a new Government control order, the terror suspect travelled through the Olympic Park zone in Stratford, East London, five times in one day, prompting fears he was carrying out reconnaissance for an attack.
The British-born Islamist, who cannot be named, was under strict restrictions which included not entering any of the Olympic zones.
He was arrested by Scotland Yard counter terrorism officers and charged with breaching his order. He is currently in custody awaiting a court hearing.
But the breach will raise questions about how he was allowed to enter such a highly sensitive area as a known terror suspect. Dangerous suspects are supposed to be closely monitored by the police and security services.
Hot spot: The Olympic Park
The revelation comes in a week of heightened tension which saw six men arrested in London on suspicion of planning a terrorist outrage.
Yesterday a 22-year-old woman,from Hackney, East London, was also arrested in connection with the plot.
In a separate operation, seven men were arrested in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire after guns and a bomb were allegedly found in a car stopped because the driver had no insurance.
And the M6 toll road was closed for hours on Thursday after emergency services were called because someone travelling on a coach saw “smoke” coming from a fellow passenger’s bag. It turned out to be a fake cigarette.
A source said it was remarkable that CF was allowed to enter the Olympic Park zone, adding: “His order specifically banned him from the area but that didn’t stop him from going through it several times.
“Intelligence strongly suggests that this is a man who, although he’s never been convicted of terrorist offences, has been fighting alongside Al Qaeda. That is why he is on this order, yet still he was able to flout it weeks before the Olympics kick off.”
The suspect was originally arrested in 2008 when he was stopped by anti-terror officers in Turkey.
He claimed he was on a trekking holiday but detectives believe he was on his way to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban against British troops. A court heard how he planned to fly to Tajikistan then trek over the border to Afghanistan to join forces fighting coalition soldiers.
The man escaped during his trial in 2009 but, in his absence, was found not guilty of preparing acts of terrorism.
He fled to Somalia where he trained with fanatical Al Qaeda cell al Shabaab and fought alongside the terror group.
He is believed to have wanted to attack Western interests in the country. He was arrested alongside another British terror suspect, known as CC, and deported back to the UK last March when he was jailed for two months for breaching his bail.
On his release he was put on a Government control order which restricts the movement of terror suspects and puts them under a curfew.
The order has since been replaced with Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPim). CF was one of nine suspects placed on a TPim earlier this year.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with breaching the TPim and will appear again later this month. He has also launched a challenge to the order in the High Court, which is due to be heard tomorrow.