The terrorist group behind the world trade centre attacks in New York in 2001 are plotting a series of deadly new attacks that are ‘keeping ministers awake at night’.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Al-Qaeda are planning the attacks on airports and airliners, and even plan to use explosive-packed drones to take down targets in a bid to become the world’s most feared terrorist organisation once more.
Wallace had met with airport officials a week ago to discuss the matter just days before a rogue drone brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Wallace also discussed the ‘insider threat’ of terrorists working undercover in our airports.
‘The aviation threat is real. Aviation is still a blue riband event for these terrorists. Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganised. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks,’ he said.