The Director-General of MI5, Andrew Parker, has said that 10 years on from the 2005 July 7 attacks there remains a “serious societal and security challenge” in tackling home-grown Jihadi terrorism.
Mark Rowley of the National Police Chiefs’ Council for counter terrorism warned “the police service is already operating at a heightened state of alert and our security plans for public events reflect this readiness.”
Parker said last night that the London bombings were “enduring reminders of the reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent” and conceded that counter-terrorism services “simply can’t find and stop every terrorist plot,” The Times reports.
He said the bombings, “and other appalling acts are attempted by individuals who have grown up here but decided for whatever twisted reasons to identify their own country as the enemy”.
Three of the bombers were British-born sons of Pakistani immigrants from Leeds; one was a convert born in Jamaica who lived in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The young men were aged 18, 19, 22 and 30. They all held British passports, spoke English, were educated in England and had family here.
They attacked three tubes within 50 second of each other and one bus shortly after. One terrorist blew himself up on the line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate; another at Edgware Road and one between King’s Cross and Russell Square – the Number 30 bus was torn open at Tavistock Square.
Just 24-hours before today’s ten-year anniversary, MI5 and counter terror police chiefs met to discuss the possibility of raising the UK’s threat level to ‘critical’, meaning an attack is imminent, Breitbart London reported yesterday.
On the 30th of June, emergency services and the SAS held the UK’s largest ever counter-terror exercise in Central London, specifically in readiness for “marauding attacks” similar to those in Paris and Tunisia this year.
The assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for counter terrorism, said at the weekend:
“In the UK, the threat from international terrorism remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Due to this level of threat the police service is already operating at a heightened state of alert and our security plans for public events reflect this readiness.”
He pointed to the emergence of ISIS, who are encouraging and “inspiring” young Muslims to take up arms against their fellow countrymen and are currently seeking to recruit “misfits and criminals”.