On­line films helped ex­trem­ist plan at­tack

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Ben Ri­ley-smith US EDI­TOR

A BRI­TISH ex­trem­ist plot­ted a “ter­ri­ble” ter­ror at­tack this sum­mer af­ter learn­ing how to pen­e­trate a stab vest from watch­ing on­line videos, Am­ber Rudd has re­vealed.

The un­named man was pre­par­ing for the as­sault via footage that in­ter­net gi­ants failed to take down and was only thwarted when au­thor­i­ties un­cov­ered the plot. The Home Sec­re­tary said the in­ci­dent proved how so­cial me­dia firms must do more to stop the “on­line arms race” be­ing pur­sued by ji­hadists.

Ms Rudd pledged that Bri­tish ji­hadists re­turn­ing home would be ar­rested when they stepped back into the UK if pos­si­ble, and she raised the pos­si­bil­ity of cross-ref­er­enc­ing car hire data with other Gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion to help stop a spate of rental ve­hi­cle at­tacks on pedes­tri­ans. The in­ter­ven­tion came as Ms Rudd vis­ited Wash­ing­ton DC to rally sup­port for mak­ing in­ter­net com­pa­nies be more proac­tive in re­mov­ing un­ac­cept­able on­line con­tent.

Speak­ing at the New Amer­ica think tank, she said 44,000 ex­trem­ist web­sites had been cre­ated in 2017 alone – about 140 ev­ery day.

She called on in­ter­net com­pa­nies to “go fur­ther and faster” and said il­le­gal videos, such as those show­ing be­head­ings or how to plan at­tacks, could still be found on­line. “We have to face up to the fact that there is also now an on­line el­e­ment to the ma­jor­ity of ter­ror­ist plots,” Ms Rudd added.

“For in­stance, this sum­mer we man­aged to dis­rupt a plot that in­volved an in­di­vid­ual learn­ing how to get through a stab vest from on­line videos. Luck­ily, he was caught be­fore he was able to ful­fil this ter­ri­ble vi­sion.” ♦po­lice fund­ing cuts are un­der­min­ing ef­forts to com­bat Is­lamist and neo-nazi at­tacks in Bri­tain, Neil Basu, se­nior na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for counter ter­ror­ism, has warned. He said fewer of­fi­cers on the ground would dam­age re­la­tion­ships with com­mu­ni­ties and ham­per in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

Am­ber Rudd re­vealed the man saw a video on how to pen­e­trate a stab vest

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