With the recent terrorist attack in the heart of democracy, many questions are being asked as to how the security forces could have prevented this situation from taking place. One cannot but applaud the work of M15 and other agencies who have foiled over 15 terrorist attack since 2013. However, one needs to look at how the number one citizen in the U.K (well, apart from the royal family) was handled by her close protection team when they were noot sure what was happening in the grounds of the parliament.
All the Prime Minister's security detail looked confused and so did the PM herself. There are several questions that need some answers.
1. If all other MPs were contained in a safe place on the grounds, why was the PM removed and probably put in harms way? Supposing there were various attackers, the first one might have been a plot to flush her out and when she is on the road, she is in a vunerable postion and could be attacked. Would it not have been better to keep her in a very secure room on the grounds?
2. Should her team not have practised exit strategies? For instance, her car should be parked in a way that it does not need to make a three point turn. Do you notice the person who comes from the other car and joins hers as it turns? Do these guys not know which car they should be in?
3. Why were the drivers not by their cars? Of course the grounds of Parliament is quite secure and the cars cannot be tampered with. However, security operatives especially with such an important person need always be in a stateof readiness. Be proactive, not reactive.
4. Why did the guy by the car not let the PM in? Was the car not opened because the driver was unavailable or were they still comtemplating which car to take? And who had te keys? Was that not a strange question to be asking? Everyone should know who has the keys.
Watch the video yourself. What do you think?
[Video from The Sun]
The 4th victim of the attack has been named a Leslie Rhodes. A 75 year old man from Clapham in London, Mr Rhodes was described as “a lovely man” by shocked neighbours. He was a retired window cleaner and he lived alone in a flat off Clapham Common. His neighbours say he was as“fit as a fiddle”. He died on Thursday night in King’s College hospital.
Terror has come back to the Heart of London today as a lone attacker drove his vehicle into people on Westminster bridge.
People didn't stand a chance as this area is constantly busy with tourists and other people going about their daily activities. At least two people were killed on the bridge as the attacker drove his car into pedestrians. There were several injured people lying on the pavement on the bridge and a seriously injured woman was rescued from the river Thames by security operatives. Some of the injuries were described as "catastrophic ".
The incident started about 3pm as a car was driven on the Westminster bridge. The driver targeted people running into them as they were sightseeing or just walking across the bridge. Three policemen were amongst the injured on the bridge. The car then headed off towards towards parliament.
The attacker then crashed his car into railings injuring more people in front of the House of Parliament. He then attempted to enter, stabbing two policemen on duty. One of the police officers that was stabbed is reported to have died. The man, beileved to be about 40 yers old and an Asian, was shot dead by armed unit.
This types of attacks has been seen in some European States. In Nice, an attacker drove his truck into people killing 87 during Bastille Day celebrations..