Suspect Linked To Bomb Group Arrested

A member of the terror group blamed for last week's cargo plane bomb plot, including a device found at East Midlands Airport, has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of planning a attack in this country earlier this year, the Home Secretary has revealed.

Theresa May made the disclosure in her first major speech on counter-terrorism.

The suspect was allegedly a member of al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the group linked to the powerful bombs hidden in printer cartridges found on US-bound cargo planes at East Midlands Airport and in Dubai on Friday.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) in Whitehall, Mrs May said the Government's review of its counter-terrorism strategy will include "significant changes" leading to a "much better balance".

She said: "Where necessary we will enhance our protective security measures; we will invest in conflict prevention and stopping terrorist plots overseas; we will refocus the strategy for preventing radicalisation in the UK; and we will strike a better balance between our liberties and our security.

"There is much good work under way to tackle the terrorist threat. But where there needs to be change I will not be afraid to make it."

"I want an approach which is more targeted against extremist individuals, but that impacts much less on the good people of our communities. I want an approach which allows people to enjoy their liberty in safety and security.

"And I want an approach that is effective in dealing with an evolving threat. That is what we will deliver."

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