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Amber Rudd – Abedi operation is still at ‘full tilt’

In the wake of Monday’s horrific attack in Manchester, Andrew Marr interviewed the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, about what action the government was taking in the aftermath of the attack, and whether the government and security services had done enough to prevent the attack happening in the first place:

AM: You’ve downgraded the threat level one point, and we hear that a large part of the group around this terrorist have been apprehended and taken. Does that mean that some of the group are still out there?

AR: Potentially. I mean, it’s an ongoing operation, there are 11 people in custody. The operation is still really at full tilt in a way, and so until the operation is complete, we can’t be entirely sure that it is closed.

AM: Now clearly, as you said, the security services do a great job and all the rest of it. Nonetheless, there are questions that must be asked. Can I ask you how many times the security services were tipped off about Salman Abedi before he attacked?

AR: Well, it’s not for me to be drawn in on what the intelligence services did or didn’t know, particularly at this stage Andrew.

AM: The trouble is, we do know some stuff about this.

AR: We do, but the fact is, this is an ongoing operation. The fact that you’ve already asked me ‘are there other people that are going to be potentially pursued’, that is because [of] the strong relationship between the intelligence services and the counter terrorism policing. Of course, people will want to look afterwards to see whether there are signals that could have been… how could we do this better? But can I also point out that since 2013, they have foiled 18 separate plots. They do a good job.

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