UK Faces "Wave" Of Terror Plots
Britain faces a "wave" of terrorist plots, prepared strategically and directed from abroad by al-Qaeda, Home Secretary John Reid has told the BBC.
He agreed with MI5 head Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller's assessment that there were 30 major plots, and said an attack in the UK was "highly likely".
Counter-terrorism officials have said Britain is al-Qaeda's top target.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Reid said Dame Eliza had provided a "salutary warning".
"It is a very great threat. It means that a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom is highly likely," he said.
The government had no information to suggest an imminent attack, he said, but were aware of 30 plots which were "ongoing" and had potential, he said.
"Whereas we thought this was probably haphazard some time ago, they do look as though they are being directed from abroad, specifically by elements of al-Qaeda," he said.
"They look as though they are being prepared strategically and that is that they fit into a pattern... it looks as though there's a wave of such things".