Special forces soldiers have been deployed in mainland Britain to support the police after intelligence experts picked up info on the plot.
Home Office chiefs called in the Ministry of Defence after uncovering the plan just days ago through a network of informants working for the intelligence services.
They warned an extremist unit in Britain is planning a “significant event”.
More than 40 personnel from the Special Boat Service’s maritime counter measures unit have been deployed to ports across the UK working with police to review security and mount surveillance operations on hundreds of arrivals and departures.
“There is a lot of extremist chatter in the UK at the moment and most of it is just pie in the sky. This looks like intent ”
Senior source for the Sunday Star
The SBS team is being supported by specialists from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment to monitor maritime movements across the UK around the clock.
Dressed in civilian clothes, special forces teams will blend in as workers, members of the port authority and other roles to avoid bringing any attention to themselves in a bid to foil any opportunity for extremists to act.
A second force of heavily-armed personnel will be on stand-by out of public view and ready to intercept any potential threat, with bomb disposal and police anti-terrorist officers attached, all operating under police control. The SBS routinely carries out Home Office- directed exercises with the police and other organisations to prepare for any ship hijack in UK waters.
A senior source said: “We already have good security at most ports but this information is quite specific and that is about as much as we can say.
“There is a lot of extremist chatter in the UK at the moment and most of it is just pie in the sky. This looks like intent.”
Last week David Cameron warned that Isis extremists in Syria and Iraq posed a major threat to the UK and MI5 has confirmed it is now its top priority.
Yesterday came the first report of a British jihadi being killed in Iraq. The Prime Minister warned: “The people in that regime, as well as trying to take territory, are also planning to attack us here at home in the United Kingdom.”
The ship was taken into port for detailed inspection but nothing was discovered.
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