Manchester Arena: 'Terrorists will only succeed in uniting the country against them', says former counter-terror strategist

Manchester Arena: 'Terrorists will only succeed in uniting the country against them', says former counter-terrorism strategist

An attack took place in Manchester last night

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Terrorists will only suceed in uniting the country against them, according to a former US counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategist.

Last night (May 22) a suicide bomber blew up a device at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert, in an attack which was subsequently claimed by Islamic State.

A 23-year-old man was arrested today, and officers executed warrants to raid properties in the south Manchester suburbs of Whalley Range and Fallowfield.

Consultant fellow at the Royal United Services Institute doctor Afzal Ashraf told Julia Hartley-Brewer that terrorists must not be given the message that they have achieved anything, else others will be encouraged to follow.

He also said that we must instead give terrorists the message that their views and behaviour is not accepted by the rest of society.

Ashraf told our listeners that the primary reason the Ariana Grande concert was targeted was because it would definitely gain maximum publicity and that is what terrorists crave.

Listen to the full interview above