The UK’s MI5 counterterrorism agency and Scotland Yard have foiled four major far-right terrorist attacks over the last year, according to London’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.
A number of high profile attacks by the far-right have taken place over the last few years. There were five major far-right attacks in 2017, including a van that ploughed through a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park mosque in London last June. During the EU referendum campaign in June 2016, a far-right activist assassinated an MP opposed to the UK leaving the European Union.
With the far-right surging in many Western countries, the UK now fears that the number of networks will metastasise, particularly since the media’s attention generally focuses on the more frequent attacks of Islamic extremist groups.