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Britain faced three attacks

UK revealed on Wednesday that terrorists tried to carry out attacks similar

LONDON: UK revealed on Wednesday that terrorists tried to carry out attacks similar to 9/11 three times on British soil since 2009. According to the British home office, terrorist groups continue to target civilian aircraft and have tried to do so on at least three recent occasions: in December 2009, October 2010 and April 2012. Britain however managed to successfully thwart them. Globally, in 2011, over 10,000 terrorist attacks occurred in 70 countries, causing almost 45,000 casualties and over 12,500 fatalities. About three quarters of those attacks occurred in the Near East and South Asia while attacks in Africa and the western hemisphere were at a five-year high. In the 12 months to 30 September 2012, there were 245 terrorism-related arrests in Great Britain: 45 people were charged with terrorism-related offences and 18 convicted; a further 25 people were awaiting trial as at 18 January 2013. Britain's Home Office has also revealed that terrorist groups have acquired surface to air missiles as a result of the breakdown of law and order in parts of North Africa. Home secretary Theresa May revealed on Wednesday "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." Since 2005 there have been no mass casualty attacks in Great Britain. But the Home Office data shows that a number of serious attempted attacks have been foiled. In the 12 months to September 2012, 45 people were charged with terrorism-related offences. After a very rapid increase between 2003 and 2008, the number of terrorist attacks around the world has levelled off, and casualties from terrorism have marginally declined. But the global threat from terrorism remains high. May said on Wednesday "Pakistan and the tribal areas along the Afghan border remain of the highest importance to our national security. Al Qaida continues to operate from this region and still has the capability to conduct terrorist attacks in the UK and other countries. People from this country continue to travel to this area to join al-Qaida and receive al-Qaida training." Kidnapping for ransom has become an increasingly common terrorist tactic to raise funds. Between 2008-12, over 150 foreign nationals have been kidnapped by Islamist terrorist groups at least 13 of whom were British nationals). But numbers kidnapped in 2012 (almost 50) were more than double those in 2010. UK Home office estimates with ransoms paid in some cases, the terrorist groups collected at least $60 million in foreign national ransom payments since 2008. 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. The Security and Travel Bans Authority to Carry Scheme, introduced in July 2012 requires airlines to seek authority to carry to the UK some named foreign nationals "who we judge to pose a specific high threat." UK has just recently signed an agreement on EU-wide regulation to restrict sale of substances that can be used as explosives precursors, such as hydrogen peroxide. "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.


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