Friday 18 August 2017

Regions need more help from a security apparatus that has become far too concentrated on London

Police investigators work at residential property in south Manchester, England. Photo: REUTERS
Police investigators work at residential property in south Manchester, England. Photo: REUTERS

Rick Noack

For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

But then, on Monday night, a suicide bomber struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. With at least 22 fatalities and dozens more injured, it is the worst suspected suicide attack in Britain since the 2005 tube and bus bombings in London.

Was Manchester - and for that matter the rest of the country outside the capital - unprepared?

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