British authorities have foiled nine terror attacks so far in 2017, while failing to prevent another five from taking place, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report from security service MI5 reveals that the agency planned to discuss Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in Manchester Arena, just days after he detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert. The agency admitted that the attack could have been prevented “had the cards fallen differently.”
Some 20,000 people have been on country’s terror radar over the past four years. Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, recently warned that the threat from Islamist terrorists is evolving at a pace he has not seen during his 34 years at the agency.
Over the past four years, more than 20 attacks have been foiled in the country and more than one terror-related arrest is on average recorded every day.
A 20-year-old man has been charged with planning to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in an Islamist-inspired bomb attack. (RELATED:Report: Police Thwart Islamist Terror Plot To Assassinate Theresa May)
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, allegedly planned to detonate an improvised explosive devise at the gates of 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence in London. In the subsequent panic, the plan was to detonate a suicide vest in an attempt to kill May.
Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, has also been arrested for trying to join Islamic State. The suspects were detained Nov. 28 and will appear in court Wednesday.
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