MI5 to Investigate Manchester Intel Failure

Source: Independent


The U.K.’s security service has launched two inquiries into how it missed the danger posed by the Manchester bomber despite the fact he had been flagged as a threat on several occasions, the Guardian reported Monday.

One inquiry, launched last week, will look at the short-term circumstances that led to MI5’s failure to identify 22-year-old Salman Abedi, while another is set to look at the agency’s decision-making processes that allowed him to evade investigation.

 Security services had examined Abedi in the past, but when the attack occurred he was not one of the 3,000 individuals under active investigation. It remains unclear to what extent he was part of a network, although reports suggest he may have trained in Libya.

A total of 22 people were killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing at an Ariane Grande concert at the  Manchester Arena on May 22.

In the early hours of Monday, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Sussex, bringing the total number of individuals in custody in connection with the attack to 14.

Source: Politico.eu

By: Harry Cooper

29 May 2017

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