“Over the last 10 years it’s estimated that something like 40 plots have been disrupted here in the UK.”
Theresa May, 28 June 2015
The head of MI5 made a rare public statement today, on the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bomb attacks on London.
Andrew Parker said: “The terrible events in London on 7 July 2005 are enduring reminders of the reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent.”
He also said the authorities “thwart most attempts” to carry out terror attacks on UK soil, something the home secretary put a figure on in a recent interview.
Theresa May said about 40 plots have been disrupted since 7/7. Another statistic being repeated today is that only one person – drummer Lee Rigby – has been killed on UK soil as a result of Islamist terrorism in the last 10 years.
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