London Underground Bombing Another 'Known Wolf' Terror Attack?
An 18-year-old suspect being held over the attempted bombing of the London Underground on Friday was reportedly detained by police two weeks ago at the same Parsons Green station where the attack happened but was released.
If confirmed, this would be the latest in a long string of "known wolf" terror attacks in Europe this year.
The Daily Mail reported last night:
The 18-year-old being held by police on suspicion of planting a bomb on the London underground was arrested two weeks ago at the exact same tube station where the device exploded but released, neighbours have said.
The teen - who is being held after police tracked him to the departures hall at the Port of Dover - is thought to have been a 'problematic foster child' who was raised in Sunbury-on-Thames by Penelope Jones, 71, and husband Ronald, 88.
Serena Barber, 47, who has known the couple all her life and lives in a property backing on to theirs, said: 'They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful.
'I know about two weeks ago he was arrested by police at Parsons Green, for what I don't know and returned back to Penny and Ron. After that Penny said she was going to have to stop caring for him, she couldn't handle him.'
Remarkably, UK authorities and the international media attacked President Donald Trump when he suggested early on that the suspects were already known to Scotland Yard:
But it appears that President Trump was correct.
And the arrest of a second suspect earlier today and a manhunt for other members of a possible terror cell behind the incident give the impression this was no "lone wolf" attack.
And nearly three years after I first identified the trend of Islamic terrorists committing attacks despite already being known to authorities, what I termed "known wolf" attacks, others are beginning to take note of the growing problem.
A review of the many terror incidents in Europe this year confirms the extent of the "known wolf" problem -- 12 confirmed attacks, no action by authorities.
Take, for instance, the opening lines of this NPR report on the fatal stabbing of two victims in Turku, Finland -- that country's first Islamic terror attack -- just last month:
Police in Finland say the man suspected of going on a stabbing rampage in the city of Turku, killing two people and injuring six others, is an 18-year old Moroccan citizen who was previously known to authorities.
Finland recently rejected his application for asylum, according to the public broadcaster YLE.
And this is a nearly constant refrain regarding the suspects following these terror attacks. Consider, for example, the Moroccan imam who was ringleader of the attack in Barcelona, Spain, on August 17 that killed 13 and injured 130:
Hamburg, Germany (July 28) - 1 killed, 5 injured
Paris, France (June 19) - only the attacker killed
Melbourne, Australia (June 5) - 2 killed, 3 injured
London, UK (June 3) - 8 killed, 48 injured
Manchester, UK (May 22) - 22 killed, 120 injured
Paris, France (April 20) - 1 killed, 3 injured
Stockholm, Sweden (April 7) - 5 killed, 14 injured
London, UK (March 22) - 5 killed, 49 injured
Paris, France (March 18) - 2 injured
As I noted here at PJ Media after the two "known wolf" attacks in London and Paris over five days, Western government officials seem unconcerned about the problem.
In fact, a recent report examining 63 Islamic terror incidents over the past three years in Europe and North America -- which killed 424 people and injured nearly 1,800 -- found that 74 percent of the attackers were already known to authorities.
How many more have to die at the hands of "known wolf" terrorists before government officials take the problem seriously? Many more, it seems.
Below, find Poole's extensive coverage of the "known wolf" scandal here at PJ Media:
Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome
June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities
May 23, 2017: Manchester Bomber Is Yet Another "Known Wolf"
June 4, 2017: At Least one London Bridge Terrorist Was a "Known Wolf"