The UK has raised the level of terrorist threats to “serious” levels following recent attacks in Austria and France that authorities are linked to Islamic extremism.
Severe threat means an attack is considered highly probable. This is the country’s second highest level. The level was previously at “substantial”, meaning that an attack is likely to occur.
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UK Interior Minister Priti Patel tweeted on Tuesday that the move was a “precautionary measure and not based on any specific threat.”;
“The public should continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police,” she said.
The announcement came morning after Austrian authorities said a 20-year-old Muslim extremist shot and killed four people in a busy night town in Vienna before he was killed by police. The raging shooting happened just hours before a new round of coronavirus containment in the country.
The suspect in Monday night’s attack is identified as a young Austro-North Macedonian citizen with a terrorist conviction for attempting to join the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.
“Yesterday’s attack was clearly an Islamic terrorist attack,” said Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz. and dignity. “
It is the second attack in which the authorities linked with Islamic extremism hit Europe in less than a week.
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A man decapitated a woman’s head with a knife and killed two others at a church in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday.
The suspect, believed to be acting alone, was injured while arrested and taken to a local hospital. When he lay injured, the mayor of Nice said the attacker shouted “Allah Akbar!” more and more.
French authorities have opened a terrorist investigation and Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country’s threat level will be raised to its maximum after the attack.
“It is very clear that France itself is under attack,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech in Nice, adding that “France will not give up our values” in what he describes. The description is a “terrorist attack of Islamism”.
Increased tensions come after last month an 18-year-old Chechen man beheaded a French high school teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a civil lesson. about freedom of speech.
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Extremists of the Islamic State released a video the day before the Nice attack, changing the call to attack France.
Associated Press contributed to this report.