The Independent

MI5 could have stopped him

● Security services missed 'significan­t opportunit­y' ● Damming report says MI5 had six chances to prevent atrocity that killed 22 people ● Two vital pieces of evidence to stay secret


MI5 said it was “profoundly sorry” the service did not prevent the Manchester Arena bombing after an inquiry yesterday found it failed to act. The final report into the 2017 atrocity said the Security Service received informatio­n on Salman Abedi on two separate occasions in the months before he killed 22 concertgoe­rs. Details of the informatio­n have been kept secret for security reasons but the inquiry chair Sir John Saunders said there was “a significan­t missed opportunit­y to take action that might have prevented the attack”. Andrew Roussos, whose eight-year-old daughter Saffie-Rose was killed in the explosion, accused MI5 of having “blood on their hands” for letting Abedi slip through the cracks before the suicide bombing. Ken McCallum, the director general of the service, said: “I am profoundly sorry that MI5 did not prevent the attack.”

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