Terrorist attacks in Britain will not stop soon an expert has claimed
Sara Khan, CEO of the charity Inspire which also works alongside the Government’s Prevent programme, warned BBC’s Newsnight that domestic extremism is “on the rise”.
As recent terror attacks have involved the use of knives and cars, Newsnight host Evan Davis asked Ms Khan if it’s “becoming easier to become a terrorist”.
Ms Khan said: “I think it’s clear we’re living in an era of extremism. We witnessed the murder of Jo Cox last year by a far-right extremist.
“We’re seeing the global rise of domestic extremism and the unfortunate reality is that it’s not going to go away anytime soon.”
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She added: “It’s important to realise that Prevent works in a space where people are vulnerable to radicalisation, but they may not have necessarily committed a criminal act.
“The beauty of Prevent is trying to further prevent people from crossing down into criminality by providing support and early intervention.”
But adding to the supposed bleak reality of Britain’s security, Richard Barrett, the CEO of Global Strategy network who previously worked for the MI5 and Security Services said: “The unfortunate reality is, this type of terrorism isn’t going anywhere.”
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Mr Barrett urged Britain to reduce the impact of terrorism which he claimed will, in turn, reduce number of attacks as terrorists would “probably find something else”.
The CEO added: “The correct response is as the Prime Minister said tonight and the Mayor of London, we carry on. This type of thing cannot be prevented completely. It’s bound to happen.”
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Although Britain foils three to four terrorist attacks each year (according to Ken Livingstone, the former London Mayor), Lina Kathib an expert from Chatham House told the current affairs programme: “I think it was only a matter of time before an attack like this happened.
“ISIS had rallied its supporters around the world saying attack wherever and whenever you can.
"Today it was a very low cost track. a vehicle attacking people on the street. Not something no matter how many security measures you take, can be prevented.”