Ji­hadists stripped of UK pass­ports

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BRI­TAIN: More than 150 ji­hadists and other crim­i­nals have been stripped of their cit­i­zen­ship and banned from re­turn­ing to the UK.

Min­is­ters stepped up the ‘‘de­pri­va­tion or­ders’’ amid fears the col­lapse of Is­lamic State group will lead to an in­flux of mil­i­tants from Syria, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times.

Quot­ing of­fi­cial fig­ures and se­cu­rity sources, the pa­per said more than 40 sus­pects have had their right to a pass­port re­moved this year, with about 30 tar­geted since March. It added those who have had their cit­i­zen­ship re­moved in­clude gun­men and ‘‘ji­hadi brides’’.

They are all dual na­tion­als, in­clud­ing Bri­tish-born peo­ple with par­ents of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, as min­is­ters can­not take away cit­i­zen­ship if it would lead a sus­pect state­less.

Se­cu­rity min­is­ter Ben Wal­lace said: ‘‘Pros­e­cu­tion and con­vic­tion is al­ways our pref­er­ence for deal­ing with ter­ror­ists.

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