UK to launch ‘Contest 3.0’ counterterrorism strategy after spate of attacks

British security experts say eight attacks have been thwarted since Khalid Masood killed five and injured more than 50 in the Westminster Bridge attack. Security Minister Ben Wallace said 21 plots have been foiled since 2013, eight of them since last March.

“Nearly 600 investigative leads are ongoing, covering about 3,000 people and approximately another 20,000 people who we have at some stage had concern about,” he told the Westminster Counterterrorism Conference, hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

“It is not a spike in the threat, but a shift that we are now facing, and that is something we all have to deal with.”

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