MI5 confronts terror threat from left-wing extremists
MI5 officers will investigate for the first time left-wing anarchists who are feared to be planning terrorist attacks.
The security service will make inquiries into “single-issue terrorism” a part of its new remit in charge of domestic terrorism
Whitehall sources emphasised that the left-wing anarchist threat was a “tiny fraction” of cases compared with Islamist and far-right extremism. The number of cases is expected to be in single digits each year.Earlier this year MI5 took over the lead from police in combating domestic terrorism because of the increased threat posed by extremeright wing fanatics