March 24, 2017
Khalid Masood, the terrorist who attacked innocent civilians and police officers in Westminster on Wednesday, wasn’t on the security service’s watchlist of 3,000 Islamic extremists according to The i.
Theresa May told the Commons yesterday: “Some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure. The case was historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot.”
According to Business Insider, the UK would need 60,000 officers to keep track of 3,000 known suspects around the clock. The Times claim that half of the suspects live in London, the rest in the East Midlands and Manchester.
Wednesday’s attack highlights the scale of the problem facing security services. Masood wasn’t on their current watchlist, yet he was able to carry out the worst attack on British soil since the 7/7 bombings in 2005. How many more are out there like him?
We should not underestimate the growing scale of radical Islamism in England.
This article was posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:23 am