Three 9/11-type attempts in UK since 2009
LONDON: Terrorists tried to carry out three 9/11-type attacks in the UK since 2009, British Home Office said on Wednesday.
The home office listed three occasions: in December 2009, October 2010 and April 2012, when terrorist groups targeted civilian aircraft to carry out such attacks but were thwarted by British security agencies.
Home secretary Theresa May on Wednesday said, "Aviation security is a high priority of our protective security programme. We have accelerated the deployment of new airport security scanners, which give us the best chance of detecting the threat from non-metallic improvised explosives. Following a risk based assessment these are now operational in all terminals at major UK airports."
The UK has also introduced a no-fly arrangement to strengthen pre-departure checks and prevent people who pose a terrorist threat from flying to or from the UK. It recently signed an agreement on EU-wide regulation to restrict sale of substances that can be used as explosives. "We will implement the regulation in the UK by September 2014. The agreement will make it more difficult for terrorists to exploit lower standards in other European countries," May said.