British terror cell 'groomed by ISIS commanders who plotted Berlin Christmas massacre'
FIVE people arrested in Derby and London were reportedly being prepared to carry out more devastating attacks across Europe by barbaric ISIS commanders.
NS/GETTY A British terror group were allegdly being prepared to carry out more attacks across Europe
Members of the suspected terror cell were arrested last week following raids in Burton-upon-Trent, Derby and London.
Police have now claimed the group were close to being “operational”, adding to fears that an attack on UK soil could be imminent.
The most alarming aspect is evidence that UK suspects were being directed by an IS external operations group based in Aleppo in Syria
US Security source
Last night, a US security source told The Sun: “We understand efforts to make explosives were ramped up in recent weeks.
“Together with strong additional intelligence from our European counterparts, evidence suggests a UK group was being lined up to commit a relatively small ‘exploratory attack’ in co-ordination with other European ISIS cells to test and stretch security responses.”
These shocking claims come amid news that US officials believe one of the British suspects may have been in contact with an ISIS chief known as Abu Sulayman al-Faransi.
Al-Faransi, whose real name is Abdelilah Himich, is believed to be one of the main organisers of the horrific attacks in Paris and Brussels, which left a total of 162 people dead.
The source added: “The most alarming aspect is evidence that UK suspects were being directed by an IS external operations group based in Aleppo in Syria.
“Of most concern is that at least one of the suspects is feared to have had contact with al-Faransi.”
The news comes just hours after bungling German police admitted they had arrested the wrong man in connection with the Christmas market massacre in Berlin yesterday.