THE head of MI5 during the 2005 London bombings admitted she felt the service would not be able to cope with continuing terror attacks.
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller said following the 7/7 suicide bombings by four Yorkshire bombers and the failed attacks a fortnight later, she suspected terrorists could try to bomb the capital on a regular basis.
She said investigators did not immediately know the attack on the capital’s public transport system – which killed 52 people – was carried out by suicide bombers.
The gang were led by Mohammed Siddique Khan, of Dewsbury, and included former Rawthorpe student Jermaine Lindsay.
Lady Manningham-Buller, director general of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency between 2002 and 2007, was speaking ahead of the publication of MI5’s first official history.
She said: “My recollection of 7/7 was a feeling of ‘It’s happened’, what we half expected would, what we had prepared for, what we had trained for, so it was a bad day for everybody.
“But the service started immediately doing all the things that it knew it had to do.
“In the early days we did not know it was a suicide bombing until the forensics began to come through.
“So at the beginning we were trying to support the police in possibly finding the team who had done it, who for all we knew, at that stage were still alive and capable of mounting another attack.”