Vig­i­lance and more cops are key

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THE ide­o­log­i­cal agenda of the per­pe­tra­tors of this at­tack are still to be de­ter­mined, but we know Is­lamic State has been call­ing for at­tacks on public trans­porta­tion sys­tems.

The un­so­phis­ti­cated de­vice may not pro­vide many clues, as it could have been con­structed by some­one who sim­ply fol­lowed in­struc­tions given over se­cure mes­sag­ing net­works.

There is a strong pos­si­bil­ity it was car­ried out by some­one in­spired by IS BY SA­J­JAN GO­HEL, IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SE­CU­RITY DI­REC­TOR OF THE ASIA-PA­CIFIC FOUN­DA­TION

as op­posed to di­rectly by IS. There is lit­tle that can be done to stop an at­tack such as this. You can­not screen ev­ery sin­gle per­son us­ing a mass-tran­sit sys­tem like the London Un­der­ground. It’s just not vi­able.

How do you stop some­one build­ing an im­pro­vised de­vice in their bed­room and strolling on to a Tube train?

Vig­i­lance is so im­por­tant. If you see some­thing sus­pi­cious, alert the au­thor­i­ties. Also, front-line polic­ing has been cut since 2011. Of­fi­cers in com­mu­ni­ties are of­ten the first line in alert­ing those higher up about peo­ple who could pose a dan­ger.

They are also more ap­proach­able to others in the com­mu­nity who may be con­cerned about a group or in­di­vid­ual.

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