Gilles de Kerichov, head of the European Union’s anti-terrorism unit, said Britain is home to about 35,000 radical Islamists, more than any other country in Europe.
According to the British Daily Telegraph on Friday, Krishov warned of 3,000 extremists who are of great concern to MI5 and warned to try to organize an attack on nuclear power plants or air traffic control systems over the past five years.
Krishov said in a newspaper interview that the United Kingdom had identified between 20 and 35,000 extremist people, of whom 3,000 were of particular concern, 500 of whom were under constant private surveillance.
France has 17,000 extremists and Spain is much less, but more than 5,000. There are 500 people in Belgium who have joined terrorist groups in Syria but the country has more than 200 extremists, he said. “I do not want to assume certain numbers, but Europe has tens of thousands of Islamic extremists, who may be more than 50,000,” Krishov said.
He called on the European official to focus on the most dangerous and put them under surveillance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.