Security services are monitoring online purchases of suspicious materials in bid to snare terrorist bombmakers, insider reveals
- MI5 are observing online purchases to crackdown on prospective bomb-makers
- High-quantity purchases of ‘suspicious materials’ set to be flagged for follow-up
- It’s currently unclear how Poppy Day bomber evaded security monitoring checks
Security services are monitoring online purchases to try to catch bomb-makers, it emerged last night.
Purchases of large quantities of suspicious materials will trigger an alert, a senior security source said. High street shops are also being monitored.
It was unclear last night how the Liverpool bomber evaded the measures because he is believed to have made ‘chemical purchases’ both online and on the high street for seven months.
As Home Secretaryvisited Washington , a US government source said their counter-terror agencies were closely studying the hospital bombing.
It was unclear last night how the Liverpool bomber Emad Al-Swealmeen (above) evaded the measures because he is believed to have made ‘chemical purchases’ both online and on the high street for seven months
As Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Washington DC, a US government source said their counter-terror agencies were closely studying the hospital bombing
‘We are most concerned about the motivation and the person being prompted into action,’ said the insider.
‘The investigation will determine the means and methods but I think the motivation and what prompted the attack are more important.’
US officials are also examining Miss Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill, which is supposed to streamline the UK asylum process.
Yesterday the head of counter-terrorism policing issued a warning over the Liverpool bombing and the murder of MP Sir David Amess.
Met assistant commissioner Matt Jukes told the public to be vigilant in the run-up to Christmas, adding: ‘We have now seen two terror incidents take place on our streets in the last four weeks, and recent experience tells us that this can embolden other extremists.
‘The terror threat level has been raised to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.’
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