The UK is experiencing an unrelenting and unprecedented terrorist threat, the head of MI5 warns, saying new attacks are inevitable.
Britain had seen “a dramatic upshift in the threat” from terrorism, according to Andrew Parker, who is the head of Britain’s normally secretive domestic intelligence service.
“That threat is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before,” Parker told specialist security journalists on Tuesday.
“It’s at the highest tempo I have seen in my 34-year career. Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect.”
Elaborating on the scale of the problem, Parker said his agency along with police have prevented seven attacks by terrorists over the course of the past seven months.