Manchester bombing could have been avoided: United Kingdom terror report

Members of the public gather to attend a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of Monday evening's terror attack

The Manchester terror attack - which claimed the life of Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster - might have been prevented if different decisions had been made by MI5, a report has found.

New reports have revealed by the British Security Service, M15 show that the United Kingdom police "misinterpreted intelligence" about the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi that could've potentially prevented the attack that occurred on May 22nd.

"MI5 and counter-terrorism policing got a great deal right (but) particularly in the case of Manchester, they could have succeeded had the cards fallen differently", the report found.

Anderson oversaw reviews of four terrorist attacks carried out in the United Kingdom between March and June 2017, to determine whether the internal reviews by the police and MI5 were thorough enough. But Anderson says MI5 obtained unspecified intelligence in the months before the attack that might have led to an active investigation of Abedi "had its true significance been properly understood".

The document was produced after the Home Secretary Amber Rudd asked Mr Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, to assess and report on the police and security services' internal reviews into the Manchester and London terror attacks earlier this year.

Anderson's report stated that three of the six attackers involved in attacks on Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park were on M15's radar prior to the attacks which collectively killed 36 people.

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was known to police and MI5 for association with extremists, but authorities had no reason to anticipate his murderous actions.

The report says material relating to Butt received in the two weeks prior to the attack added little to the intelligence picture and did not identify activity that led up to the attack. However, the agency said this would not have stopped the attack at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people, including eight-year-old Saffie Roussos.

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