UK Terror Threat Level Raised To ‘Severe’
The UK’s terror threat level has now been raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, in a move that has been described as a ‘precautionary measure’.
The decision to was made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, based at London’s MI5 headquarters, a body that gives recommendations independently of the UK government.
‘Severe’ indicates the second highest level which can be set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5), and means that the prospect of a terrorist attack on British soil is now regarded to be ‘highly likely’.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has stated:
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has changed the UK terror threat level from substantial to severe.This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.
The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.
This news comes after recent terrorist incidents in Austria and France, with four people having died during an attack in Austrian capital of Vienna on the evening of Monday, November 2.
On Thursday, October 29, three people died in a knife attack outside a church in the southern French city of Nice, with security measures having since been stepped up throughout the country.
Just last month, school teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in Paris by an Islamist terrorist after having shown his pupils some cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammed.
In response to last night’s attack in Vienna, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight. The UK’s thoughts are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror.
Following the Vienna shooting, a gunman shot dead by police officers has been identified as a 20-year-old ‘Islamist terrorist’ who had been released early from jail in December of last year.
The terrorism threat level in the UK was raised to the highest possible rating of ‘critical’ in the days after the May 2017 bombing at the Manchester Arena, BBC News reports.
The rating was briefly raised to this level once again in September of the same year, following a partial explosion on a Tube at Parsons Green.
The level remained at the second highest rating of ‘severe’ until November 2019, when it was dropped to ‘substantial’. It has remained at this level until today’s announcement.
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