British MPs have warned that Al Qaeda is using extremist websites to recruit women to carry out suicide bombings in the U.K. According to the Commons home affairs committee, the terrorist organization is "specifically targeting women for violent acts."
The report of the Commons home affairs committee comes after four Muslims extremists confessed to a conspiracy to bomb the London Stock Exchange. The report said Al Qaeda is using extremist websites to radicalize women for attacks in Britain. The Sun reports women have already been used in deadly suicide bombings in the Middle East and more Palestinian women are volunteering for suicide bombing missions in Israel.
Digital Journal reports the case of an attempted suicide bombing by a Palestinian woman interviewed last December by Fox News' Leland Vittert in Jerusalem (see Video above). The woman said, after her release by Palestinian authorities in a prisoner exchange deal, that she was proud of her actions and hopes "to once again 'taste and smell paradise,'" implying that she would make a second attempt if she gets the chance.
According to The Sun, MPs are calling on Internet firms to shut down websites that encourage terrorism. Economic Times reports Home Secretary Theresa May, is leading a crackdown on websites used by extremists to recruit terrorists. According to The Sun, the campaign against Muslim extremists in mosques and colleges has forced many of them to turn to the Internet for their recruitment activities.
The American-born Islamic extremist Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a U.S.attack last year, has been a source of inspiration to would-be terrorist bombers in Britain. The chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, Labour's Keith Vaz, according to The Sun, said: "We cannot let our vigilance slip...More resources need to be directed to these threats and to preventing radicalisation through the Internet and in private spaces. These are the fertile breeding grounds for terrorism."
American-born Islamic extremist Anwar al-Awlaki killled in a U.S. attack last year has been a source of inspiration to would-be terrorist bombers in Britain.
The police admit the growing influence of the Internet for recruiting terrorists. According to Sir Norman Bettison of the Association of Chief Police Officers, "the Internet seems to feature in most, if not all, of the routes of radicalization."
According to the British Home office: "We are working closely with the police and Internet service providers to take hate off the web."