Bee stings kill as many people in the UK as terrorist attacks do, a government watchdog report claimed Thursday.
David Anderson, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, said that the UK's anti-terror laws could be relaxed as no-one in the country has been killed or injured by a terror attack in more than two years, The (London) Daily Telegraph reported.
"Whatever its cause, the reduction of risk in relation to al Qaeda terrorism in the United Kingdom is real and has been sustained for several years now," he wrote.
He added, "The annualized average of five deaths caused by terrorism in England and Wales over this period compares with total accidental deaths in 2010 of 17,201, including 123 cyclists killed in traffic accidents, 102 personnel killed in Afghanistan, 29 people drowned in the bathtub and five killed by stings from hornets, wasps and bees."
He criticized the "almost incessant" new legislation brought in since 9/11 as rendering counter-terrorism laws "bitty, messy."
However, his views on Britain's security situation contradicted those of Jonathan Evans, the Director General of MI5, who warned earlier this week that at least 200 known Britons were currently receiving terrorist training at militant camps in the Middle East.