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Sir Malcolm Rifkind warns Brits not to become ‘complacent’ about terrorism threats

Sir Malcolm Rifkind warns Brits not to become complacent about terrorism threats    Airpor

Tory MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind says newly imposed airport security measures are “sadly unavoidable” and that complacency among some of the public is “seriously disturbing”.

As reported on Sky News online, the head of the parliamentary committee, which oversees the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies, said jihadi extremists were deploying “devilish technical skill” to create sophisticated devices to evade existing security measures.

“It is simply foolish to believe that the threat is either minimal or now behind us. We have, indeed, been fortunate but, sadly, this has not been because the terrorists have, since 2005, given up trying to do us harm,” Sir Rifkind wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.

“As Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, has made clear, each year there have been serious plots which if they had not been identified and disrupted would have led to the deaths and mutilation of many British citizens.

“We must not underestimate the devilish technical skill of those terrorists who design ever more sophisticated means of concealing explosives in mobile devices, in clothing and in otherwise innocent objects,” he said. “I have no doubt, from what I have learnt, that these new steps are not bureaucratic nor an overreaction. Sadly, they are unavoidable.”

The latest security measures imposed last week followed intelligence warnings that al Qaeda’s chief bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is thought to be based in Yemen, had linked up with jihadists in Syria.

By Megan Gnad

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