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Expect more suicide attacks: Expert

Lord Carlile, an independent reviewer of the terrorism laws, added that the targets would be unpredictable.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 19:59 IST
Nabanita Sircar
Nabanita Sircar

Britain should expect more suicide bombings according to Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of the terrorism laws. He has said he has seen "alarming" information about the "real and present danger of shocking terrorism acts" by suicide bombers. He warned, "Further suicide bombings in the UK must be expected and the targets are unpredictable."

The warning has prompted MPs to demand a full debate on whether the terror laws should be renewed this year. Control orders impose restraints - which range up to house arrest - were controversially introduced last year after the courts said the government could no longer detain suspects indefinitely without trial.

Home Office said 18 control orders were used last year, with nine of them still in place by the end of the year. Lord Carlile says there have been concerns about "family and other arrangements" for the suspects, but not on security.

"In practical terms control orders have been an effective protection for national security," he said. He also endorsed Home Secretary Charles Clarke's decision in imposing control orders in each of the cases. But he says some of the suspects under the orders should be investigated further to see whether they can be prosecuted and convicted in the courts.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 19:59 IST