Homeland Security

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:

Oct. 24, 2014: ‘Lone Wolf’ or ‘Known Wolf’: The Ongoing Counter-Terrorism Failure

Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Jan. 7, 2015: Paris Terror Attack Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 3, 2015: French Police Terror Attacker Yesterday Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 15, 2015: Copenhagen Killer Was yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Feb. 26, 2015: Islamic State Beheader ‘Jihadi John’ Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Apr. 22, 2015: Botched Attack on Paris Churches Another Case of “Known Wolf” Terrorism

May 4, 2015: Texas Attack Is Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities

July 16, 2015: Report: Chattanooga Jihadist Was Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist, Anonymous Feds Dispute

Aug. 22, 2015: European Train Attacker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Oct 14, 2015: Yet Again: Turkey, Israel Terror Attacks Committed by “Known Wolves”

Nov 14, 2015: One Paris Attacker Was Previously Known to Authorities, Marks Fifth ‘Known Wolf” Attack in France This Year

Feb 16, 2016: Machete Attack in Ohio Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

May 16, 2016: News Reports Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ U.S. Terrorists

June 12, 2016: Orlando Night Club Attack by “Known Wolf” Terrorist Previously Investigated by FBI

July 14, 2016: Senate Intelligence Committee to Investigate “Known Wolf” Terrorism Problem

July 26, 2016: ISIS Suspect in Normandy Priest’s Killing Already Known to French Authorities

August 10, 2016: Canadian ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist Planned Suicide Bombing of Major City, Killed in Overnight Police Operation

August 19, 2016: Man Who Stabbed Rabbi Thursday in Strasbourg, France Involved in Prior Attack

Sept. 20, 2016: NY-NJ Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami Already Known to Law Enforcement Authorities

Sept. 28, 2016: “Known Wolf” SCANDAL: In at Least 12 of the 14 Terror Attacks Under Obama, FBI Already Knew Attackers

Dec. 21, 2016: Suspect Sought for Deadly Berlin Terror Attack, Anis Amri, Yet Another Known Wolf

March 23, 2017: Five Days and Two ‘Known Wolf’ Terror Attacks, Yet No Apparent Concern From Western Governments

March 26, 2017: ’60 Minutes’ Whitewashes Massive FBI Failure in 2015 ISIS Texas Terror Attack

May 23, 2017: Manchester Bomber Is Yet Another “Known Wolf”

June 4, 2017: At Least one London Bridge Terrorist Was a “Known Wolf”

June 6, 2017: London Attack Reveals that ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism Is Worse Than You Could Imagine

June 19, 2017: Paris Terror Attack Targets Police on the Champs-Elysees, Suspect is Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’

August 15, 2017: U.S. Authorities Knew Texas ISIS Recruiter Had Told Manchester Bomber to Kill

Sept. 11, 2017: ‘KNOWN WOLF’ TERROR SCANDAL: CIA Knew About 9/11 Hijackers, Didn’t Provide Intel to FBI