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Britain: 40 Terror Plots Thwarted Since 2005

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 10:04 PM

British security services have blocked 40 terrorist attacks in the past nine years, says Home Secretary Theresa May.

Since the July 7, 2005, train bombings in which jihadists killed 52 people in London, security officials say they have stopped a wide variety of plots, the Daily Mail reported.

"There have been attempts to conduct marauding 'Mumbai-style' gun attacks on our streets, blow up the London Stock Exchange, bring down airliners, assassinate a British ambassador, and murder serving members of our armed forces," May said.

"Almost all of these attacks have been prevented by the first-class men and women of our security and intelligence services, the police, and our allies overseas."

British officials say the terrorist threat is growing more serious, with four or five plots foiled this year.

May said the advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq had given "energy and a renewed sense of purpose" to Islamic radicals in Britain, creating a threat more serious "than at any time before or since 9/11," the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this month, British police reportedly prevented a plot by four Islamic terrorists to murder Queen Elizabeth. Four jihadists ranging in age from 19 to 27 planned to stab the queen, 88, to death at a military event before ceremonies honoring the nation's World War I dead, according to a report in the subscription-only Sun newspaper.

Although it is impossible to "entirely eliminate the threat from terrorism,"it is necessary for Britain to take action to "reduce the risk presented by our enemies," May said.

"We are engaged in a struggle that is fought on many fronts and in many forms. It is a struggle that will go on for many years,"she added. "'The threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been."

The House of Commons is expected to consider a new "counter-terrorism and security bill" Wednesday that would give Britain's Conservative Party-dominated government new powers aimed at disrupting the ability of British nationals to go abroad to fight. It includes provisions that would require universities and colleges to help deter radicalization and provide new authority for police to require Internet firms to hand over details that could help identify terror suspects.

Labor Party leader Ed Miliband said he wanted to work with the government "to make sure we keep people safe and deal with people returning from Syria or going to Syria."

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