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|MI5 chiefs ‘missed key warnings’ about Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi
Zoe Drewett for Metro.co.ukSunday 5 Nov 2017 5:06 pm
Salman Abedi killed 22 people in the Manchester attack (Picture: PA) Intelligence bosses missed key warnings about suicide bomber Salman Abedi that could prevented the Manchester Arena attack. Key warnings about Abedi’s ‘suspicious behavior’ could have put the attacker under surveillance as a ‘high-priority’ target before he murdered 22 people, it has been reported. Five arrested following huge police operation in Notting Hill MI5 officials received at least two items of intelligence about the bomber that indicated he posed a serious threat, before he went on to kill concertgoers at an Ariana Grande concert in May. The findings come from an internal review at the agency, thought to have been sent to Home Secretary Amber Rudd last week. According to the Sunday Times, the review has triggered deep concerns within the intelligence community that the attack – the deadliest in Britain since the 2005 London bombings – could have been stopped. And MI5 director-general Andrew Parker is said to be in danger of losing his job as a result. In a speech last month, Parker claimed MI5 used the ‘harsh light of hindsight to squeeze out every last drop of learning so that we can be the very best we can be, now and in the future’. MI5 received warnings about Abedi (Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty) The internal review – commissioned by Parker alongside Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick – reportedly focused on intelligence passed on to an MI5 regional office which originally deemed it not of high importance. But the report found it should have raised triggered serious alarms about Abedi. Schoolgirls, 13 and 14, seriously injured in stabbing on playing field An anonymous intelligence source told the Sunday Times: ‘There were a few calls made regarding several bits of intelligence which, if judged differently at the time, would have turned Abedi into a high-priority case. ‘And when a target is judged a high priority, you should place them under surveillance. ‘The greater the threat, the more resources you deploy for surveillance.’ MORE: UK Police said they hoped missing boy 'got raped' in voicemail to his mum Theresa May's odds slashed to leave as PM in 2017 Woman, 107, has parking ticket overturned because she couldn't walk fast enough to her car However a Whitehall source is said to have told The Sunday Times that the key intelligence received was not deemed ‘definitive’ of a specific plot. The former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, has carried out an ‘independent assurance’ of the review and a redacted version is due to be released to the public later this month. Parker last month revealed MI5 is working on 500 active operations and had stopped seven terror plots in as many months.
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|MI5 missed clues over Manchester bomber Salman Abedi
Richard Kerbaj, Security Correspondent
November 5 2017, 12:01am, The Sunday Times
Abedi: ‘suspicious behaviour’
MI5 officials missed key intelligence warnings that could have put the Manchester bomber under surveillance as a “high-priority” target before he murdered 22 people, The Sunday Times can reveal.
The security service received at least two items of intelligence regarding Salman Abedi’s “suspicious behaviour” that indicated he posed a serious threat before his suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in May.
The failure to act properly on the intelligence emerged in an MI5 internal review that has triggered deep concerns within the intelligence community about whether the attack — the deadliest in Britain since the 2005 London bombings — could have been stopped. The findings are thought to have been sent to Amber Rudd, the home secretary, last week.
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