BEIRUT, LEBANON (02:20 P.M.) – Five days after a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured 59 at a concert in Manchester, members of government circles let the public know, that 23.000 more potential attackers do live in the UK. According to The Sunday Times Whitehall sources told them, that intelligence agencies have identified 23.000 individuals as jihadist extremists living in the UK.
3000 of those extremists are estimated to pose a threat and are either under investigation or being surveilled in a total of 500 running police operations. The remaining 20.000 are considered to pose a residual risk and have been under investigation before.
Following the attack in Manchester authorities raised the level of terror threat to critical, meaning another attack was expected, but decided to downgrade it to severe on Friday. This provoked many to voice concern, wether the authorities handle potential threats correctly.
The mistrust in government capabilities to protect citizens from terror attacks is of course based in the second such occurence this year, but is also amplified, because the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was categorized as only posing a residual risk.
English police has so far put 11 men into custody in connection with the terror attack, four of them close relatives of the suicide bomber. Meanwhile the police also published pictures of Abedi, showing him briefly before the attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibilty.
Below are the pictures of Abedi taken in the night of the suicide bombing on Monday: