Islamist terror is 'a generational problem', says former head of MI5

Islamist terror is 'a generational problem', says former head of MI5

Lord Jonathan Evans claimed it could remain a threat for decades

Friday, August 11, 2017

A former head of MI5 has said Islamist terror will continue to be a threat for decades.

In an interview with the BBC, Jonathan Evans - who headed the security service from 2007 to 2013 - said the threat to the UK from terrorism was a “generational problem.”

He claimed March’s attack on Westminster Bridge could have had an “energising effect” on other extremists, who might have been inspired by the perpertrators.

Following the incident in March, there were a number of terrorist atrocities on UK soil – a bombing at Manchester Arena, a series of knife attacks in London Bridge, and an attack near to a mosque in Finsbury Park

Lord Evans told BBC Radio 4 his view the authorities will continue to deal with this type of terrorism for “20 or 30 years.”

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