Northern Ireland could become a ‘back door route’ for ISIS terror plots, security services fear

Northern Ireland could become a back-door route for Isil terrorists to launch an attack on the UK, security sources fear.

The alarm has been raised with ministers that the region is an easy target for Islamic groups seeking to launch plots in the UK because the Prevent anti-terror strategy does not apply and Police are focused on sectarian violence instead of external threats.

Fears that terror cells could base themselves in the Republic of Ireland to plan an attack and then slip across the border – which is not closely monitored – have added to serious concerns in Whitehall.