It has been confirmed by the BBC – the UK’s official broadcaster, and by several other newsagents such as the Guardian, that the UK terror threat level has been raised to highest level of ‘critical’, meaning further attacks may be imminent, the Prime Minister has said.
The threat level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which sits within MI5. Critical means an attack is expected imminently.
The UK’s terror threat level is now at critical, the third time it has been at the highest level since the alert system was introduced.
The first time the critical level was reached was in 2006, when a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners with liquid bombs was foiled in a major operation.
In 2007, the terror threat level was raised to critical again when a man tried to bomb a London nightclub, before going on to attack Glasgow Airport.
The PM says Critical Threat level’s Operation Temperer will use up to 5,000 troops to take over armed police patrol duties under police command. They will most likely be used in sensitive areas – the same way the French are currently using their troops. Armed forces personnel will be visible at “big events” such as football matches and concerts, she said. This will also mean potentially more security checks before entering major stores and retail shops.
by Berk Bektas
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