Cameron Says London Security Under Review After OttawaEddie Buckle
Police and intelligence services are reviewing security in central London following yesterday’s shootings in Ottawa, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Cameron was in a meeting with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the head of the MI5 Security Service, Andrew Parker, when news of the attack in the Canadian capital broke, he told BBC Asian Network radio today.
“They immediately reassured me that they had been looking at the security of institutions in central London but they would look again, obviously, to see if there’s anything more that can be done, and those meetings are taking place this morning,” Cameron said. He said the intention is “to ensure we have all the angles covered.”
The U.K.’s terrorism alert was raised to “severe,” the second-highest level, in August as countries around the world expressed concerns that Islamic State militants active in Iraq and Syria might return to their home countries with plans to carry out attacks. Police said last week they’d made more than 200 terrorism-related arrests this year.
“I know that we’re taking steps across the board to meet the threats that we face as a country,” Cameron said. The events in Canada show “that we have to be permanently vigilant against this sort of terrorist threat.”
A man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec resident, murdered a soldier at a war memorial yesterday before entering Ottawa’s parliament building where he was shot dead. Two U.S. officials said that American agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.
Two days earlier, a Canadian soldier died and a second was injured after being run down southeast of Montreal by a car driven by a suspected Islamic militant whom authorities said had been “radicalized.”