Sources close to the security services say monitoring all potential suspects, even high-risk ones, is impossible

The security services are facing their worst crisis since the 2005 London bombing, with the increased frequency of attacks placing enormous pressure on the police and the UK’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5.

Questions are being raised about why the police and MI5 failed to prevent three attacks in quick succession. MI5 will have to explain why it failed to monitor more closely one of the London Bridge attackers, Khuram Butt, given his links to al-Muhajiroun, the banned extremist group whose leader, Anjem Choudary, has been linked to the recruitment of more than 100 British terror suspects.

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