TERROR police are monitoring more than 3,000 homegrown Islamist extremists who are willing to carry out attacks on the UK, security sources have warned.
Terrifying numbers of British men and women – many of whom are still teenagers – are being radicalised and could stage attacks on home soil within weeks.
More than half of suspected Islamist extremists on watch lists live in London – particularly in the east and west.
Investigators have also detected a significant correlation between suspects and mental health problems, which could leave them vulnerable to extremist grooming.
The revelation comes as MI5 boss Andrew Parker revealed that Britain is currently battling the “highest number” of terror plots for more than 30 years.
Mr Parker became the first MI5 director in the agency’s history to give a live broadcast interview in a bid to warn the nation that the UK is under constant threat of terror attacks.
He confirmed the UK’s security agencies are having to work harder than ever to protect Britons, following last last week’s revelation by David Cameron that secret services had foiled six terror plots over the past year.
Mr Parker also revealed intelligence had disrupted a further nine attack plots overseas.
He warned: “That is the highest number I can recall in my 32-year career, certainly the highest number since 9/11.
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