Britain to boost spy agencies after Paris attacks: reports

Britain to boost spy agencies after Paris attacks: reports

LONDON - Britain is to recruit an extra 1,900 security and intelligence staff to counter the threat of terrorist violence following the deadly Paris attacks, British media reported on Monday.

The move would be "the biggest increase in British security spending since the 7/7 bombings in London" that killed dozens in 2005 and will be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron later on Monday, according to the Guardian.

"I am determined to prioritise the resources we need to combat the terrorist threat because protecting the British people is my number one duty as prime minister," Cameron will say in the upcoming announcement, according to the newspaper. 


"This is a generational struggle that demands we provide more manpower to combat those who would destroy us and our values." The recruitment would increase the staff of intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ by some 15 percent, according to the Guardian and the Financial Times.

In addition, extra aviation security officers would assess airports around the world, in response to the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt last month that the British government suspects may have been downed by a bomb.

The interior ministers of the European Union are due to hold crisis talks in Brussels on Friday to address security issues raised by the Paris attacks, in which gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 129 people in restaurants, a concert hall and outside the national stadium. 

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