An Islamic leader warned in a Portuguese newspaper interview 15 months ago that a London-based group, al-Qaeda Europe, was on the verge of a major attack.
“Here in London there is a very well-organised group, which calls itself al-Qaeda Europe,” Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, the Syrian head of the London-based group al-Muhajiroun, told the Portuguese daily Publico in an interview published on April 18 last year.
Advertisement - story continues below
“I know they are on the verge of launching a big operation.”
Bakri, speaking a month after the Madrid train bombings, said it was “inevitable” that London would be hit by a large attack “because they are being prepared by various groups”.