Five convicted terrorists released into the community have been returned to jail after breaching parole, it was revealed today.
Emergency recall powers were used to recapture the men who had breached conditions of their parole. One is even suspected of trying to buy a gun following his release.
The five have not been identified but are believed to have been recalled in the last few months.
Earlier this month it was revealed that around 20 convicted terrorists had been freed after serving two-thirds of their sentences.Another 75 are due to be released in the next three to four years. Among them is al-Qaeda trained terrorist Sohail Qureshi.
The East London dental assistant was arrested in October 2006 at Heathrow Airport on the way to Afghanistan where he planned to attack British troops.A fifth high risk offender, due to be released later this year will be placed in a hostel in the South East.
Police and probation staff fear they will be stretched to the limit by the release of almost 100 terrorists in the coming years.
The Ministry of Justice said it could not comment on individual cases but a spokeswoman said: ''The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) takes its responsibilities for public protection very seriously and is committed to ensuring that probation services have the skills and resources they need to safely and effectively manage the risks posed by extremist offenders under licence.
"There is a multi-disciplinary programme of work underway across prisons and probation, supported by funding from the Home Office, to address these risks, and Probation work very closely with the Police and other partner agencies to ensure that extremist offenders are effectively monitored.'
Source: Mail Online