Downing Street: British Intelligence Thwarts Seven Attacks Over the Past Year

David Cameron delivers a statement
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a statement at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain November 14, 2015. Cameron said on Saturday the threat to Britain remained "severe" after the Paris attacks. Reuters/Chris Ratcliffe/pool

The British government says that intelligence services in the country have foiled several terrorist plots aimed at the United Kingdom over the past year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today program, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said, "We have been aware..of these cells operating in Syria that are radicalizing people in our own country, potentially sending people back to carry out attacks. Our security, and intelligence services have stopped something like seven attacks in the last six months, albeit attacks planned on a smaller scale."

Government representatives later moved to clarify that the alleged attacks were over a period of 12 months.

Cameron also sent a cautionary message to those inside the U.K. who feel that the country is less likely to be targeted by ISIS because, unlike France, the U.K. is not currently engaged in airstrikes over Syria.

"We should be clear that those attacks in Paris..could have happened in Belgium, could have happened in Denmark, could have happened in Sweden, it could happen here," Cameron said. "We will do everything we can to defeat these people who are trying to destroy our way of life."