London attack: Security services wrestle with copycat terror threat
Theresa May warned after the London atrocity + how “terrorism breeds terrorism” with violent extremists who make copies of the attacks “often using the meanest” means to mutilate and murder.
The rise of this type of attacks, with Islamist emulating previous acts of terrorism is a serious problem, according to security sources, with difficulties to discover plots of small groups that can not have links with established jihadist networks, and may have escaped scrutiny .
The weapons used in the London attack, killing seven people and injuring 48 others – critically were knives and a rented van, echoing Westminster striker Khalid Masood, who killed five people using knives and a rented car ; Anas Amri who killed 12 people in Berlin using a rented truck; And Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who killed 86 people in Nice using a rented truck.
Meanwhile, during a day of dramatic events:
The three attackers wore fake suicide vests from London. It is not yet clear why this was done; One theory is that they believed that police, be wary of devices that detonated, would keep their distance. If eight armed agents were shot with 50 towers.
Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley of Scotland Yard said: “I am not surprised, and what they fear to be three suicide bombers, firearms officers fired a record number of laps to be absolutely sure that they have neutralized the menace these men pose . “A member of the public was also shot by accident, but must have a full recovery.
Anti-terrorist officials were sure step that the assassins shot dead by the armed police will be identified and their addresses and their associates would be identified quickly. This appears to have occurred with the raids in Barking, east of London, where 12 people were detained +, followed by further investigations and five arrests in East Ham in the afternoon.
It is not clear at the moment whether the terrorists were known by the police or security and intelligence agencies. The degradation of the threat level – elevated to the highest rating after the suicide bombing in Manchester – indicates that no attack was planned. And the decision of JTAC (Joint Against Terrorism Evaluation Center) not to deliver the threat to critical points because there is no information that indicates people related to the killers last night planning another attack.
The precise information suggested that the attack in London may not have been for a long time in planning. An Elizabeth Fry apartment resident in Barking, where the arrests took place today, said one of the suspects had approached him on Saturday, “and asked me where I had hired a van recently. He said he needed it when he had to move it was acting Strangely, it was prettier than normal.
The suspect was described as of Pakistani origin. “I always knew that he gave a lecture to the people in the Quaran and there were always people dressed in clothes that came in and out of his apartment,” he said. Neighbour.
Another resident, Ken Chigbo, was also asked about a pickup truck man with a similar show of use. “I travel home right now, so I had a big van outside. He came to tell me,” Oh Ken, that moves. “Usually he’s a very nice man, but this time ‘Another good level,'” Chigbo said.
“And he started learning about the van.” Where did Ken get the van? How much does it cost? Is it possible to get it automatically? All these specific questions about the van, which obviously now makes sense in my head. ”