Tuesday, 6 June 2017

MI5 'must answer questions on London attacker', Boris Johnson says

Former London mayor Boris Johnson has said questions need to be answered over the monitoring one of the London attackers.
Counter-terror agencies are facing scrutiny after it emerged that Khuram Shazad Butt was investigated in 2015, but was "prioritised in the lower echelons" of investigate work after officers found no evidence to suggest an attack was being planned.

He also appeared in Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door last year.

The Foreign Secretary told Sky News: "People are going to look at the front pages today and they're going to say 'how on Earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net?'
"'What happened, how could he possibly be on a Channel 4 programme and be committing atrocities like this?'

"That is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police, as the investigation goes on."

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley defended the actions of the security services.

He said: "At any one time MI5 and police are conducting around 500 active investigations, involving 3,000 subjects of interest.

"Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest, whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners."

Butt, who also went by the name Abu Zaitun, was allegedly an associate of radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary and was also reported to the anti-terror hotline in 2015 for showing signs of "extremism or radicalism", Mr Rowley said.

Transport for London confirmed Butt worked for London Underground for just under six months as a trainee customer services assistant, but left in October last year.

SKY      News.