Report: 'UK cannot expect to remain immune from al Qaeda'

The UK cannot expect to remain immune as al Qaeda, which is weakened following the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in May last year, looks to partnerships in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa to re-group and re-energise itself, a report from the Royal United Services Institute said.

The report's author Valentina Soria said western security and intelligence agencies face new challenges "as jihadism evolves and disperses into territories of ungoverned, or loosely governed, space across large stretches of the African continent".

"Most significant is the potential for radicalisation and then mobilisation of a new subset of British youths," she wrote.