MI5 Boss Warns of Intense Terror Threat – over 3,000 extremists in the UK
The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism. The head of MI5 has warned.
Andrew Parker said there was currently more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly. It can also be harder to detect.
The UK has suffered five terror attacks this year. Staff from MI5 had been deeply affected by them.
He added that more than 130 Britons who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with so-called Islamic State had died.
MI5 was running 500 live operations. This involved 3,000 individuals in extremist activity in some way.
Speaking in London, Mr Parker said the tempo of counter-terrorism operations the highest he had seen in his 34-year career at MI5.
Twenty attacks had been foiled in the last four years. This included seven in the last seven months, he said. All related to what he called Islamist extremism.
The five attacks that got through this year included a suicide bomb attack. It happened after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena in May, 22 people killed.
In the wake of attacks in the UK MI5 may need change.
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