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Manchester attack: Top cop wants Muslim extremists interned in camps

By PA Reporters

A Muslim who was a police chief in London at the time of the 7/7 attacks has called for extremists to be held in internment camps in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Tarique Ghaffur, the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time of the 2005 bombings, suggested specialist centres should be set up to house some 3,000 extremists.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said the task of monitoring would-be terrorists exceeded the capabilities of police and security services who are grappling with around 500 investigations.

"These would be community-based centres where the extremists would be risk-assessed," he said. "Then the extremists would be made to go through a deradicalisation programme, using the expertise of imams, charity workers and counter-terrorism officers."

He added: "These centres would have oversight from vetted Muslim and other community leaders, who would ensure they stayed within the law."

His call came days after security sources confirmed as many as 23,000 people have appeared on the radar of counter-terror agencies, laying bare the scale of the potential threat.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said Theresa May was "very angry" about leaks to the US media of sensitive information about the Manchester Arena bombing. The US President tweeted that Mrs May gave him "full details" during talks while he attended summits in Europe. The Prime Minister said Mr Trump acknowledged the leaks were "unacceptable" when she challenged him about them.

Mr Trump said: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the UK gave to US about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!"

Mrs May raised the issue with Mr Trump at the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday after British police temporarily suspended information-sharing with counterparts across the Atlantic because the US media was repeatedly briefed about sensitive evidence.

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