UK spy agency investigating how it dropped the ball on Manchester bomber

BBC report says MI5 was alerted to Salman Abedi's extremist views at least three times.

By REUTERS
May 29, 2017 11:13
1 minute read.
Thames House, the headquarters of the British Security Service (MI5) is seen in London, Britain

Thames House, the headquarters of the British Security Service (MI5) is seen in London, Britain. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Britain's MI5 is to hold an inquiry into how it dealt with public warnings that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi posed a potential threat, the BBC reported on Monday.

MI5 was alerted to Abedi's extremist views at least three times, the BBC said.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


It is highly unusual for British authorities to make public that the security service is conducting an internal investigation into possible lapses.

Interior Minister Amber Rudd told Sky News that this was a "right first step" for MI5 to take in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
UK police arrest fifth person in connection with Manchester attack (credit: REUTERS)

The security service will examine assumptions that were made about Abedi before the attack, and has launched a "post-incident investigation" into how the bomber was overlooked, the BBC said.

A separate report is also being prepared for ministers and those who oversee the work of the service, it added. A source had told Reuters last week that Abedi was one of "a larger pool of former subjects of interest" whose risk remained subject to review by MI5.

Police on Monday arrested a 16th person in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing, the deadliest attack in Britain for 12 years.

Related Content

August 18, 2018
Corbyn supporters: criticism is a 'Zionist conspiracy'

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA