The enemy within! The UK has 23,000 known Islamic Extremists…

27 May 2017

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MI5 Identify 23,000 Islamic Extremists in the UK

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UK intelligence service MI5, which focuses on domestic threats, has revealed a staggering 23,000 potential jihadists are now being monitored. This is the first time such a large number has been publicly admitted, and follows the Manchester suicide bomb attack which targeted children at a pop concert. Twenty two have died so far.

Whitehall sources disclosed the huge task now facing counter-terrorism agencies, presenting extreme difficulty and spiralling costs. MI5 has faced criticism for not preventing the Manchester attack, and this disclosure goes some way to explain how jihadists can still slip through the net. MI5 currently has around 500 active investigations, involving 3,000 suspects. These figures alone are intimidating, but the additional 20,000 “residual” suspects present a colossal challenge to security services.
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While 23,000 extremists have been identified so far, the true number could be many more.

Photo by Lee Thomas

 

24 May 2017

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PM Theresa May: UK terror threat level raised from severe to critical, which means further attack may be imminent

Summary

  1. Police say 22 died in Monday’s suicide attack at Manchester Arena
  2. Children are among the dead, and 12 under-16s are among the 59 injured
  3. Police name the suspect as Salman Abedi, 22, who was a student at the University of Salford
  4. He is believed to have been born in Manchester and his family is of Libyan origin
  5. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident
  6. The government has raised the UK terror threat level to “critical”
  7. Vigils have been held in Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere

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Prime minister’s statement in full

Theresa May’s evening update on events in Manchester

In my statement earlier today I said that the police and security services needed to investigate whether or not Abedi was acting alone. Those investigations continue, but the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack. This morning I said that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (Jtac), the independent organisation responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of the intelligence available was keeping the threat level under constant review. It has now concluded on the basis of today’s investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent. The change in the threat level means that there will be additional resources and support made available to the police as they work to keep us all safe.”

The prime minister continued: “As a result of Jtac’s decision, the police have asked for authorisation from the secretary of state for defence to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers. This request is part of a well established plan known as Operation Temperer in which both the armed forces and the police officers involved are well trained and well prepared to work in this kind of environment. The secretary of state for defence has approved this request and Operation Temperer is now in force. This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations. You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe. In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers. ”

Precisely how the military and armed police officers will be deployed is an operational decision for police commanders. And assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan police will be making a statement giving further details at New Scotland Yard later this evening.”

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London mayor on raising terror threat level

Statement from Sadiq Khan

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http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-england-manchester-40007967

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Wednesday’s i: “The girls who will never go home” (via )

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Wednesday’s Telegraph: “Troops on the streets in race to foil second terror attack” (via )

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Wednesday’s Times: “Libya terror link” (via )

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Wednesday’s Star: “Slaughter of the innocents” (via )

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23 May 2017

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Update: What we know about the at an Ariana Grande concert at

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UPDATED 22 killed in blast at Ariana Grande concert in British arena

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The acts of humanity. Taxi drivers taking the injured to hospital & visitors to safety in the city after terrorist attack

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GM police report 19 dead / 50 injured at ArianaGrande show due to suspected suicide bomber

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BBC News (World) Retweeted BBC News (UK)

Greater Manchester police advise public to “continuing avoiding area around Manchester Arena”. LIVE:

BBC News (World) added,

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blast: Armed police presence around city centre; PM to chair emergency Cobra meeting Live updates:

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A compilation of twitter pics from concerned family looking for loved ones from concert. RT

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