LONDON (AP) – A major British parliamentary report found Thursday that security services shortcomings led to missed opportunities to possibly prevent last year’s lethal extremist attack at Manchester Arena.
The Intelligence and Security Committee said that there were problems with the handling of the case of 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
Chairman Dominic Grieve said there were failures in the way Abedi’s case was managed after he first came to the attention of the MI5 domestic security services in 2010.
“What we can say is that there were a number of failures in the handling of Salman Abedi’s case and while it is impossible to say whether these would have prevented the devastating attack, we have concluded that, as a result of the failings, potential opportunities to prevent it were missed,” he said.
He said that both MI5 and counter-terrorism police have been willing to learn from past mistakes.
Abedi was briefly investigated by the MI5 domestic security service in 2014.
His attack on the pop concert was one of a series of deadly extremist attacks that plagued Britain last year.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said counter-terrorism strategy has been improved since the attack, with increased information-sharing with local authorities and new legislation allowing threats to be disrupted more quickly.