London: Al-Qaeda fanatics in Britain were told to lie about their sexuality in an attempt to avoid women who may be spies, it has emerged

According to website, a new terror-training manual told Islamic extremists to pretend to be gay if a woman approaches them in case she is a "honeytrap" spy sent by security services.

"Many hotels, especially in busy UK cities - have women hanging around the lobby areas in order to attract men," said the manual.

"A young beautiful woman may come and talk to you. The first thing you do to protect yourself from such a ­situation is to make dua (prayers) to Allah for steadfastness," it said.

"The second thing is to find an excuse to get away from her that is realistic and sensible, such as you having a girlfriend for the past few years and you are loyal to her or you are ­homosexual," it added.

The 64-page guide in English was written to try to stop the police and MI5 from uncovering the identity of terrorists plotting attacks on British soil, the report said.

It was produced by Taliban warlords in Afghanistan and was discovered by Mirror investigators on a Jihadist website used by UK cells.

It has emerged just months after MI5 launched a recruitment drive for women to work as spies.

The guide was placed online after Osama Bin Laden was killed; suggesting Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are determined to launch revenge attacks on the UK.

(Agencies)