The truth was something far more shocking. The bomber was home-grown in every sense; he was British born, a UK citizen, aided by MI5 to go to Libya as a fighter when he was 16 to fight in an insurgency funded and trained by MI6 and the CIA.
It has been this assumed connection that has empowered Theresa May to upgrade the state’s terror warning level to “critical” – indicating that another terrorist attack is “imminent” – thus allowing her to activate Operation Temperer.
Operation Temperer, for those new to it, was a highly secretive terror response strategy drawn up by the UK government in light of the Paris attacks. It was never meant to be known by the public, and so was never put before parliamentary scrutiny.