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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Fanatic who trained at Lake District terror camp to be freed

An Islamist fanatic who trained in the Lake District will be freed from anti-terror controls within days despite being “determined” to carry out a Mumbai-style attack in Britain.

The extremist attended a terror training camp in Cumbria with four of the five attempted suicide bombers involved in the London attacks of July 21, 2005.

He repeatedly tried to buy guns in what was suspected as a plot to carry out a mass-casualty attack in the UK, and has also travelled to Syria for ‘training’.

The plotter, known only as ‘CD’, was put under a Terrorism Prevention Investigation Measure (T-PIM) – including a tag and strict curfew – to protect the public in January 2012.

Security services believe the unnamed Islamic fanatic will revive his plans to carry out an attack in the UK similar to the one in the Chatrapathi Sivaji railway station in Mumbai in 2012.

The Security Service say that without the T-PIM there is “a real risk CD will seek to revive his plans to undertake attacks in the UK”.

He has a number of associates in London “in connection with the attempted purchase of firearms” and officials say that he would be able to quickly buy weapons.

But the order will be lifted on Sunday under rules introduced to protect the “human rights” of terror suspects.

CD is one of six due to be released from their T-PIMS by the end of the month.

They also include a would-be suicide bomber involved in the liquid bomb plot to murder thousands by blowing up seven transatlantic planes. Experts estimate the total bill for MI5 and the police to keep tabs on the six suspects once their T-PIM restrictions are lifted could reach £20m a year.

The case was due to be raised in the Commons by Labour’s shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper.

She has attacked Theresa May, her Tory counterpart, for axing Labour’s control order regime and replacing it with the weaker T-PIMS.

The court papers on CD, who is guaranteed lifelong anonymity, show he was identified by the Security Service as a leading figure in a network of Islamist extremists in London.

In 2004, he attended meetings organised by the jailed fanatic Mohammed Hamid and had been to terrorist training camps in Cumbria.

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