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Al Qaeda plans to Launch Paris-style Attack in UK

London, Jan 09: The Britain's spy chief has warned that al Qaeda is plotting to launch massive attack in Britain similar to the terror strike at Grench satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people including the Editor, cartoonist and the journalists of the weekly.

Andrew Parker, the Director General of MI5 Security Service, warned that the threat of a mass casualty attack was growing in the country. The intelligence has pointed to the existence of specific plots.

He said while British police and MI5 had foiled three terror plots in the UK in the recent months, the threat of a terror attack is increasing in the country and it is impossible to stop event plot.

"We cannot be complacent. Although we and our partners try our utmost we know that we cannot hope to stop everything," he said.

"The going is getting tougher but there are good reasons for confidence in our enduring ability to respond. It is well-understood that we can't guarantee to stop everything, but we continue to strive to get as near to that as we can," he added at MI5's headquarters in London.

The security has been beefed up and increased surveillance of British fanatics who may launch copycat attacks. Intelligence suggested that the al-Qaeda is planning similar outrages against the UK possibly by the British jihadists who have already returned from fighting in Syria or Iraq.

They are planning to blow up a passenger jet, 26/11 Mumbai-style shootings in crowded places, or even hit-and-run attacks using vehicles.

Around 600 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and joined Islamic State (IS) militants. They are the biggest threat to the country.

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