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Five Britons join IS as Jihadists every week, UK police chief claims

At least five Britons travel to Iraq and Syria every week to join the fight for Islamic State, the UK’s most senior police officer, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said.

“Five a week doesn’t sound much but when you realise there are 50 weeks in a year, 250 more would be 50 per cent more than we think have gone already. Those numbers are a minimum. Those are the ones that we believe have gone.

“There may be many more who set out to travel to another country and meandered over to Syria and Iraq in a way that is not always possible to spot when you have failed states and leaky borders,” he said.

Hogan-Howe added that the return of “potentially militarised individuals” to the streets of the UK “is a risk to our communities”.

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