‘Seven ter­ror at­tacks foiled’

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MAYOR PRAISES ‘EX­CEL­LENT WORK’ BY PO­LICE AND SE­CU­RITY SER­VICES–

SEVEN ter­ror at­tacks have been halted by po­lice since the West­min­ster bridge atroc­ity in March, Sadiq Khan has re­vealed.

The cap­i­tal has been hit by four at­tacks since March this year, but a fur­ther seven were thwarted ac­cord­ing to the Mayor of Lon­don.

Mr Khan said counter-ter­ror ex­perts told him there has been a shift in the threat, rather than a spike in at­tacks, this year.

Mr Khan told a live fringe event at Labour’s party con­fer­ence in Brighton: “The phrase used by po­lice ex­perts, counter-ter­ror ex­perts, in re­la­tion to ter­ror­ism is what we’re see­ing is not a spike but a shift. The rea­son why they say that is be­cause if you look at the time when Fusilier Lee Rigby was mur­dered in 2013, up un­til the West­min­ster Bridge at­tack this year, there were 13 ter­ror­ist at­tacks thwarted be­cause of the ex­cel­lent work of the po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices.

“If you look at the time be­tween March of this year and now, yes there have been four ter­ror­ist at­tacks (in Lon­don) but there have been seven that have been thwarted.”

A po­lice­man was stabbed and his at­tacker shot by of­fi­cers fol­low­ing a ma­jor in­ci­dent at the Houses of Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day March 22.

The at­tacker drove into sev­eral pedes­tri­ans as he drove a grey Hyundai i40 across West­min­ster Bridge, be­fore crash­ing it into rail­ings then run­ning through the gates of the Palace of West­min­ster and stab­bing 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, 22 were killed and 59 in­jured at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert af­ter a sui­cide bomb blast in Manch­ester on May 22.

Seven peo­ple were killed and 48 in­jured af­ter a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Lon­don Bridge on June 3, when a gang ploughed into pedes­tri­ans in a van.

The lat­est in­ci­dent saw a bomb left on a Tube train at Par­sons Green sta­tion, in­jur­ing 22 peo­ple on Fri­day Septem­ber 15.

No one was killed as a re­sult of the Par­sons Green in­ci­dent, but 30 peo­ple were in­jured.

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