Bosses at Heathrow Airport have released a statement after an employee was discovered who is currently on a terror watchlist.
As we reported earlier today, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamud, a terror suspect and sex offender with 17 aliases, has allegedly been working at Britain’s busiest airport in an alarming ‘security breach.’
The statement from Heathrow Airport read:
We would like to reassure those who may be worried about this story that no security breaches have been made and Heathrow airport remains safe.
‘The conditions of this temporary pass required the individual to be constantly escorted by a permanent member of staff. He was also subjected to robust and thorough airport security search, each time he gained access to certain areas.
‘The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and Heathrow follows and is compliant with Government regulations, which ensured checks were in place to limit airport access to this individual.’
It has also now been reported that the third-party who handled this appointment have said that no rules have been broken, with Mailonline reporting:
A spokesman for SM Global Consultancy told the People all security procedures set by Heathrow Airport and the Civil Aviation Agency had been followed.
Man on TERROR WATCHLIST discovered working at Heathrow, and the reason why is DISGRACEFUL
In what can only be described as a huge security breach, a man has been discovered working at Heathrow Airport who is also on a terror watchlist, with concerns dating back longer than eleven years.
Although an investigation into this incident is at an early stage, a report on Mailonline has stated that ‘inadequate background checks’ were to blame.
A terror suspect and sex offender with 17 aliases has reportedly been working at Britain’s busiest airport in an alarming security breach.
Career criminal Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamud is said to be on an official terror watchlist but reportedly had access to Heathrow’s runway.
Mohamud, 31, has a criminal record stretching back 11 years including robbery, assault, money laundering and threats to kill.
But airport bosses allegedly failed to carry out a full background check and he was handed a security pass and started work as a kitchen porter in a first-class lounge, according to the Sunday People.
A security source told the paper: ‘How can somebody with a criminal past like this slip through the net?
‘Even if he hadn’t been a terror suspect his convictions should have meant he wasn’t allowed anywhere near a plane – let alone our busiest airport.’
Mohamud is said to be known to the security services and has been interviewed five times in the past two years by anti-terror officers, it is claimed.
He reportedly had two terror charges – relating to alleged hoaxes involving a harmful substance and a bomb – dropped due to insufficient evidence.
He was convicted of sexual assault in 2015 and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and in total has served five years in prison.
Mohamud has been interviewed by Prevent, the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme, but he contacted a newspaper this week telling them he had been offered a job at an airport.
He boasted no background checks were made and claimed he wanted to expose a security loophole.
After a number of terror-related incidents took place on British soil in 2017, if this allegation is true then it is simply unacceptable for our country’s busiest airport.
Theoretically, anyone with any sort of airside access would be able to engage in terrorist activity with the right intentions in place, and so this is why such thorough background checks are absolutely vital for everyone who needs to work beyond the regular levels of passport control.
The Mailonline coverage also states that he was able to get up close to a plane and get a photo in an attempt to prove that he was able to do so.
To make matters worse, it also reported that he claimed to have lied about his criminal record to recruiters at a third-party security firm.
He also claims that the whole exercise was carried out in an attempt to expose a perceived lack of security at Heathrow Airport, and in that respect he has succeeded, but we’re sure what his overall objective could have been if he already had a criminal record in place.
Surely this sort of stunt hasn’t done him any real favours.