Afghanistan: ‘Taliban have all the cards’ says expert
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The individual, identified as being on the watchlist on arrival in the UK, was later not deemed a person of interest after a “rigorous” investigation. But it also emerged yesterday that four other people on Britain’s no-fly list have been prevented from boarding planes, while another made it to Frankfurt before being intercepted. And five other Afghans who were evacuated from Kabul to France have also been placed under surveillance over suspected links to the Taliban, the French government has said.
The revelations have sparked growing alarm that amid the chaos and flights from Afghanistan, terrorists or other threats to security could arrive in the UK.
But Defence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted: “The watchlist, or the no-fly list, pinged and the individual was identified so that is a plus side that it worked.
“I wouldn’t be as alarmed as some of the media headlines are about this and I would also take some comfort from this process working and flagging people.”
The Home Office also stressed that the person was detected in a “rigorous checks process”.
Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds criticised the Government’s handling of the Kabul evacuation, saying: “An organised exit strategy would have ensured the necessary checks were in place, so this lapse couldn’t happen.”
But a Government spokesman said checks were effective.
He added: “There are people in Afghanistan who represent a serious threat. That is why thorough checks are taking place.
“If someone is assessed as presenting a risk, then we will take action.”
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