Britain: Attack on Western City 'Matter of Time'
A terror attack on a major Western city using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) technology is “only a matter of time,” the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence service MI5 said Tuesday. Eliza Manningham-Buller said violent extremists were becoming more sophisticated in developing such non-conventional threats thanks to help from “renegade scientists.” “We are faced with the realistic possibility of some form of unconventional attack. That could include a CBRN attack,” she told a conference in London on countering terrorism. “Sadly, given the widespread proliferation of the technical knowledge to construct these weapons, it will only be a matter of time before a crude version of a CBRN attack is launched at a major Western city,” she added. The MI5 head was not referring to any specific new threat and was only repeating previous warnings from intelligence sources. But such blunt words in public from a senior secret service official are rare. Full Story