RT / The attack on the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people in March could have been stopped if MI5 had investigated intelligence it had on the bomber, according to a major government report. David Anderson QC, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the “true significance” of Salman Abedi, who carried out the ISIS-linked mass atrocity, “was not appreciated at the time.”
Read more MI5, police absolve themselves of any blame after failing to stop 4 terrorist attacks Anderson said that, while he cannot prove if the attack could have been stopped, it “might have been averted had the cards fallen differently.”
There was intelligence on Abedi received by MI5 in the run up to the attack that was not related to terrorism but linked to other forms of criminality, possibly gang activity, Anderson added.
He added that the intelligence services had made decisions about Abedi that were understandable but, in hindsight, were wrong. This applied particularly to the fact that Abedi could have been stopped at the airport on his return from Libya, but he was not. “With the benefit of hindsight, intelligence was misinterpreted in 2017,” Anderson said.
Britain’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Tuesday that a government report had concluded it was ” conceivable ” that security services could have prevented the suicide attack.
Anderson was appointed to review the strategy of counterterrorism and intelligence services as terrorist attacks rocked the UK between March and June this year. The report covered attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, which collectively claimed the lives of 36 people.
Three of the six attackers were on MI5’s radar, the report reveals.
Read more Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi faces extradition from Libya “It is not the purpose of the internal reviews, or of this report, to cast or apportion blame. But though investigative actions were for the most part sound, many learning points have emerged,” Anderson said.
It comes shortly after Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, briefed the government and told them that up to nine planned terrorist attacks had been foiled in the UK during the past year.
In response, Theresa May’s spokesman said the PM thanked security agents for their “tireless work” tackling terrorism.
He also said May’s team was briefed on the shift in the terrorist threat, adding “Cabinet ministers heard that while Daesh [Arab pejorative for Islamic State] had suffered many defeats in Iraq and Syria this did not mean the threat is over, rather it has spread into new areas, including trying to encourage attacks in the UK and elsewhere via propaganda on social media.”
CARACAS.- La espera terminó y los Rays de Tampa Bay, en teoría, reforzaron la posición que menos le estaba aportando a la ofensiva con el regreso del criollo Wilson Ramos a las mayores. ?Estamos felices por tener a Wilson Ramos con nosotros? , dijo Kevin Cash a MLB.com. ?Me imagino que probablemente tenía algunas inquietudes…
La compraventa de inmuebles como Torre Agbar, Xanadú y el Edificio España aumenta un 70% la inversión en el primer semestre hasta los 6.000 millones de euros. La inversión inmobiliaria vuelve a registrar cifras récord en el mercado español. A falta de apenas cuatro días del cierre del semestre, la compraventa de edificios y solares…
san fernando Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley prayed with members of the Muslim community and distributed zakat (charity) to the needy as he celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr at two masjids in San Fernando yesterday. He attended the Eid services on an invitation from Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein, who is also referred to as a…
gasparillo The mother of a disabled child was shot dead inside her apartment in Gasparillo yesterday. Ornella Philips, 28, was shot once in the chest. Her body was discovered lying in the living room around 10 a.m. The country’s murder toll now stands at 243. Her eight-year-old daughter, Kayla, has cerebral palsy and depends…
ISTANBUL (AP): Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBT Pride event in Istanbul yesterday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements, defying a ban imposed by the governor. Organisers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim…
LONDON (AP): The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire-safety tests grew to 60, officials said yesterday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary…
BAHAWALPUR (AP): Alerted by an announcement over a mosque’s loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers yesterday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror. At least 153 men, women and children were…
WASHINGTON (AP): Making a final push, United States President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on a health overhaul to replace “the dead carcass of Obamacare”. Expressing frustration, he complained about “the level of hostility” in government and wondered why both parties can’t work together on the Senate bill…
While reliving the horrors experienced by so many families after another spate of bizarre violence across the country last week, I couldn’t help but picture Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett’s rictus grin plastered on television screens while the elderly and even suckling babes were being gruesomely slaughtered inside their homes. While the rest of us were…
- 23 March, 2018 Farmers urged to patent pineapple
- 23 March, 2018 $648m after tax profit for Ansa McAL
- 23 March, 2018 Government to deliver more housing with private sector support
- 23 March, 2018 Artist Hoyte represents TT
- 23 March, 2018 Market vendors want compensation for losses on seabridge
- 23 March, 2018 Educational fun at UWI’s Agri Tech Expo 2018
- 23 March, 2018 TSTT pensioners wants money owed to them
- 23 March, 2018 Charles: Tobago gangs related to drugs
- 23 March, 2018 Rowley rubbishes claim of no consultation
- 23 March, 2018 Woman on fraud charge