A 24-year-old al-Qaeda suspect has been detained by British authorities near the venue for the upcoming London Olympics Games.
Already strictly banned from the area by the Home Secretary in April, the man, who is originally Somalian and only identified as CF was caught after having traveled five times in a single day, on a train line that passes through the Olympic Park, Britain’s the Daily Mail reported.
CF is said to have been involved in numerous terrorist activists including fighting for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in Somalia and allegedly attempting several times to travel to Afghanistan to receive terrorist training.
CF is also believed to be linked to a group of six British nationals who received training and instructions from Saleh Nabhan, an al-Qaeda leader killed in a U.S. navy raid in 2009.
According to the Daily Mail, British authorities believe that CF could be a potential suicide bomber and has tried to recruit Britons to his cause.
Court documents have shown that the Home Office warned that CF wanted to re-engage in terrorism-related activities, either in the UK or Somalia ─ ”and is ‘determined to continue to adhere to his Islamist extremist agenda’.”
CF’s detention is the most serious security alert yet to hit the Olympic Park just weeks before the international games.
The fact that he managed to get so close to the Olympic venue has raised questions on the level of security Britain had planned to put in place during the Olympic Games this summer.
Ever since CF’s arrest last month British authorities have reinforced their determination in cracking down on potential threats to the Olympic Games set to start on July 27.
The latest security scare comes less than a month after two Muslim converts were arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack on the Olympic canoeing venue in Waltham Abbey, Essex. The men were detained after being seen acting suspiciously in a dinghy at the sporting location on the River Lea.
And only week 14 people were arrested on two separate anti-terrorist raids.
In February over 2,500 emergency services personnel and civil servants took part in a drill which simulated a terrorist attack on London’s transport network during the Olympic Games.
The Olympics have traditionally been peaceful sportsmanship events save two incidents of violence: a bomb attack in Atlanta in 1996 which killed two people and injured as many as 200 and the attack in Munich in 1972 in which Palestinian militants killed two Israeli athletes, took nine hostage before a gun fight in which all hostages and five of the hostage-takers were killed.