LONDON – The UK raised the level of terrorist threats to “serious” on Tuesday, the second highest, following recent attacks in Austria and France.
The level of severe threat means that an attack in the UK is considered to be a highly probable one. The level was previously “substantial”, meaning that an attack was likely to occur.
The decision announced by Interior Minister Priti Patel came after a man who had previously tried to join the Islamic State group stormed the center of the Austrian capital Vienna with an automatic rifle at night. Monday, kill 4 people before the police shoot him dead.
“We have taken important steps to modify our powers and strengthen our tools to deal with the growing terrorist threats we face,”; Patel said in a statement. . “That process will continue, and the British public will certainly take the strongest action possible to protect our national security.”
Patel said the increased security warning is a “precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.”
The UK government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, established in June 2003, sets the level of terrorism.
The Center assesses intelligence related to international terrorism at home and abroad, at the same time sets the levels of threats and issues warnings about threats and other terrorist-related information.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of the UK’s Counterterrorism Policy, says that while there is no intelligence link between the attacks in Europe and the UK, the police are anti-terrorism. Dad “will of course provide any assistance if we can.”
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He urged the public to stay alert and said people can expect to see more police in some places in the coming days.
“Now more than ever, we need communities to stand together and reject those who seek to sow divisions and hatred between us,” he said.
“We need community and family attention to anyone they perceive as vulnerable, dangerous, or escalating in the direction of terrorism.”