Ceremonies are taking place across London on the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist attacks. Four explosions killed 52 people and injured over 700 others across four locations on London’s transport system.
A memorial service is taking place at 11:00 am local time in St. Paul’s Cathedral, while a minute of silence will be observed at 11:30 am on the London transport network.
Yet the danger of Islamist extremism still pervades 10 years later. A man in Parliament square was seen this week sporting an Islamic State flag. Despite an abundance of nearby people who notified the authorities and shared pictures of the man, he was allowed to continue parading the flag through the streets.
The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said having the flag was “not necessarily the worst thing in the world” and that the police should not “overeact.”
On June 26, 38 tourists including 30 Britons were shot and killed on holiday in Sousse, Tunisia. Yet the preacher who is believed to have been a “key influencer” of the shooter is living in the UK, having successfully avoided deportation for 15 years.
Preacher Hani Al-Sibai is a close associate of the Tunisian terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia. He is permitted to live in a three-storey, four-bedroom house in West London, paid for by the taxpayer. He and his wife receive some £48,000 ($74,000) a year in benefits.