October 23, 2016

UK stopped 7 terrorist attacks in last 6 months: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo by AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron says security forces have foiled about seven terrorist attacks in the UK in the last six months.

“Our security and intelligence services have stopped something like seven attacks” since June, Cameron said on Monday.

He also said that British intelligence services are aware of terrorist cells in Syria that are “radicalizing” Britons in order to carry out terror raids on British territory.

The premier said the only way to defeat Daesh terrorists is to “get a political settlement in Syria that enables you then to permanently degrade and destroy” the terror group.

Police stand guard in Parliament Square in central London, July 8, 2015. (Photo by AFP) 

According to media reports, the British government is to recruit an extra 1,900 security and intelligence forces to intensify the fight against terrorist groups following the Friday attacks in Paris, which killed at least 132 people.

“This is a generational struggle that demands we provide more manpower to combat those who would destroy us and our values,” Cameron said.

Furthermore, extra aviation security forces will be deployed at airports in the UK in response to the October crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that the British government suspects may have been downed by a bomb planted by Daesh.

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