Vastavam web: For the first time, suspected Islamist terrorists are being prevented from returning to the UK, the home secretary has said, as she warned that members of the Manchester bomber s terror network could still be at large.As questions continue over how the intelligence services failed to monitor the movements of attacker Salman Abedi, Home Secretary Amber Rudd refused to rule out further anti-terror laws to clampdown on suspected terrorists, the British media reported. Rudd refused to say how many times they had been used, but confirmed to BBC in an interview: “We have started to use them.”
The home secretary also admitted that the authorities did not know how many Britons had returned from fighting with Islamic State or other extremists in Syria.Manchester bomber Salman Abedi is reported to have travelled to Libya in 2011 during the school holidays to join his father, Ramadan, in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi. Asked to comment on reports that the security services missed opportunities to monitor Abedi, Rudd said: “I wouldn’t rush to conclusions, as you seem to be, that they have missed. Pressed on whether Abedi was “red-flagged” to the security services and if there could be a review of current procedures, Rudd said: We won t shy away from looking at what we can do to keep people safe. We are in constant discussion with the security services and the police to make sure they have the right tools they need. Rudd also said “potentially” other members of Abedi s group could still be free and “we can t be entirely sure that (the operation) is closed”.Rudd said yesterday: It s an ongoing operation. There are 11 people in custody, the operation is still at full tilt, in a way. Until the operation is complete, we can t be entirely sure that it is closed.