The head of MI5 warned that Britain faced the risk of a terrorist attack on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and after recent events in Afghanistan.
Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ken McCallum, director of MI5, said Britain’s domestic security and counterintelligence agency had foiled six attack plots that “have entered their final stages”. when the country imposed blockades against Covid-19. British intelligence and security over the past 4 years discovered and foiled 31 terrorist attack plots.
“Among these are mainly Islamist extremist attacks, but more and more far-right terrorists are plotting attacks,” McCallum said on September 10.
MI5 leader says after al-Qaeda organized 9/11 attacks, growing threats with self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militants inspiring extremists extremists on the Internet.
McCallum said recent events in Afghanistan were “certainly going to incite some of these extremists”, and said British intelligence would be planning to deal with the potential for plot attacks on the 20th anniversary. 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The UK rates the threat of a terrorist attack in the country as “significantly high”, the third highest level on the 5-level terrorism risk warning scale, meaning “there is a possibility of a terrorist attack”. dad”.
“There is a possibility of attacks in the UK. We wish that didn’t happen and work as hard as we can with our partners to prevent this from happening,” McCallum said. “It’s horrifying that we know it’s hard to stop every attack.”
McCallum said he and his colleagues watched TV showing footage of the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. “One person said we all know what we’re going to do in 10 years, that’s proven,” McCallum said.
Nineteen al-Qaeda members hijacked four American Airlines and United Airlines planes, then piloted three into the two towers of the International Trade Center and the Pentagon.
A fourth United Airlines flight 93 crashed in a field after passengers and crew fought off the hijackers. The attack left 2,996 people dead and about 25,000 injured.
Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)