British defence minister Gavin Williamson has called for UK citizens fighting for Islamic State to be located, killed and banned from the country.
Williamson (pictured), who came into the role recently, told the Daily Mail newspaper, “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.”
“We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat,” he said.
There are thought to be around 270 British fighters in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria. And estimated 800 citizens have travelled there in total, with 130 thought dead and 400 leaving the region.
“We have got to make sure that as [they] splinter and as they disperse across Iraq and Syria and other areas, we continue to hunt them down… Make sure there is no safe space for them, that they can’t go to other countries preaching their hate, preaching their cult of death,” Williamson said in the interview.
His remarks were criticised as “juvenile” by a former Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald. “It’s not a serious grown up policy response for a senior government minister,” he said on BBC Radio