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Report: Beheadings and and Islamist Stabbings Up 11-Fold in Five Years


The rate of beheadings and Islamist-inspired stabbings has risen 11-fold in the last five years according to a major new report. Terror attacks in the UK also tripled during this period. The 1000-page report by the Henry Jackson Society examines all terror convictions and suicide attacks inspired by Islamism in the UK between 1998 and 2015. It warns “Islamism-inspired terrorism remains the principal terrorism threat”. The report recorded 269 convictions during the period, involving 253 individuals. 72 per cent of those who committed Islamism-related offences (IROs) were British nationals. 16 per cent were converts to Islam. The report states: “The 269 Islamism-related offences (IROs) comprise 135 distinct terrorism cases. “The rate of offending increased in the five-year period between 2011 and 2015 compared to the 13-year period between 1998 and 2010. “IROs doubled in five years (increasing from an average of 12 to 23 per year) while distinct terrorism cases almost tripled (from five per year to 14 per year).” The most common place of arrest for IROs were ethnically diverse areas, with London accounting for 42 per cent of the total, and Birmingham 14 per cent. The 2011 census showed just 45 per cent of London’s population belonging to the white British

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