Saturday 29 April 2017

Con Coughlin: This was the lone wolf attack Britain has long feared

Emergency personnel close streets near the Palace of Westminster, London, after the attack. Photo: PA
Emergency personnel close streets near the Palace of Westminster, London, after the attack. Photo: PA

Con Coughlin

For the intelligence and security officials charged with the formidable task of keeping Britain safe from terror attacks, it was simply a question of time before a lone fanatic brought carnage to the streets.

Politicians, the police and intelligence chiefs have been warning for months that Britain faced the imminent threat of attack following the recent wave of atrocities committed in European capitals such as Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Istanbul.

And, with Islamist terror groups like al-Qa'ida and Isil showing no signs of abandoning their commitment to attacking the West, Britain's security forces have been in a state of high readiness in anticipation of such an attack.

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