LONDON (CelebrityAccess) A British parliamentary report concludes that security services shortcomings led to missed opportunities that could have prevented the bombing at the Manchester Arena last year.
The Intelligence and Security Committee said there were problems with the handling of the case of the bomber who killed 22 people outside the arena after an Ariana Grande concert in May, according to the Associated Press.
Chairman Dominic Grieve said that the case of the bomber, after he came to the attention of the MI5 domestic security services in 2015 then briefly investigated in 2014, was mishandled.
“What we can say is that there were a number of failures in the handling of [the bomber]’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,” Grieve said, according to the AP.
The committee criticized the MI5 and the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism unit for failing to followup on the bomber’s visit to a contact with extremist links in prison, plus MI5 decided to not monitor the bomber’s travel or place restrictions on him despite concerns, allowing him to “return undetected” from Libya, the AP reported.
The parliamentary committee said MI5 “moved too slowly” in reviewing the bomber as a possible threat.