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New generation of UK-based African terrorist could be radicalised by Al-Qaeda

April 4, 2012 - London

A new generation of British terrorists could emerge from the children of African descent targeted by a "new front" of Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists, according to a report.

According to a think tank, Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), the shift by a "weakened" Al-Qaeda to link up with terror groups in Africa means a new wave of UK youths with links to the continent could now be radicalised and mobilised".

Rusi's report, 'Global Jihad Sustained Through Africa' said the UK will not be "immune from the spillover effects" of the terror group now focusing on West and East Africa as a new stronghold, The Telegraph reports.

The report warns that Al-Qaeda, weakened in its traditional strongholds following the death of mastermind Osama bin Laden, is now looking to partnerships in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa to "regroup and re-energise itself".

The report's author Valentina Soria said western security and intelligence agencies face new challenges 'as jihadism evolves and disperses into territories of ungoverned, or loosely governed, space across large stretches of the African continent'.

"Most significant is the potential for radicalisation and then mobilisation of a new subset of British youths," the paper quoted Soria, as saying.

"This has already taken place over the last fifteen years in sections of the Pakistani, North African and even the Indian communities; the UK could soon be facing much greater radicalisation among the Somali minority and new radicalisation in some sections of other communities from east and west African countries," she added.


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