Police foil seven terror attacks in London in just six months

Police have foiled seven terror attacks in London since the Westminster atrocity in March, Sadiq Khan has revealed.

The London Mayor said counter-terror experts have told him there has been a shift in the threat, rather than a spike in attacks, this year.

Mr Khan told a Guardian 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.

“And 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.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks at a Guardian live fringe event at Labour’s party conference (Alan Davidson/SilverHub)

“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.”

There have been four terror attacks in London so far this year and one in Manchester.

In March, attacker Khalid Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer to death. 

Counter-terrorism special forces assemble near the scene of a suspected terrorist attack near London Bridge on June  (Getty Images)

Eight people were then killed when three terrorists Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba went on a rampage at London Bridge in June, ploughing a van into a crowd before stabbing victims.

Two weeks later, a van drove into worshippers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, killing one man.

Last week, a homemade bomb failed to detonate properly on a District Line train at Parson’s Green, leaving more than 30 people with injuries.   

Westminster terror attack: The scene outside Parliament in March (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

During the Guardian fringe event on the first day of the party conference, Mr Khan also attacked US President Donald Trump over his so-called “Muslim ban”.

“Some of his views are ignorant and I think sometimes people are ignorant, and one of your jobs is to educate people,” he said.

Sadiq Khan speaking at Labour Party Conference 2016

“And I’m happy to educate Donald Trump.”

He said that having a state visit for Mr Trump would be “wrong.”

The London Mayor also backed “hybrid” shortlists to pick Labour candidates which feature only ethnic minority or women candidates to improve representation in politics.

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And he said he would rather be England cricket captain than prime minister, revealing he had unsuccessful trials for Surrey when he was 15 years old, accusing the scout of being “drunk”.

“I think England missed out … it’s a miscarriage of justice,” Mr Khan joked.

“Had he (the scout) selected me I think we would have had a better last 20 years than we have.

“I’m still reasonably fit, so if anybody in the ECB (England Cricket Board) or whatever (is watching), I’m available.”

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/police-foil-seven-terror-attacks-in-london-in-just-six-months-a3642371.html