UK terror threat level increased to critical, PM Theresa May states

Troops might be deployed once again in order to prevent another attack.

This comes after 29 people were injured at Parsons Green underground station in west London today after an improvised explosive device partially exploded on a tube carriage. It has been declared a terrorist incident.

The BBC has confirmed that the UK terror threat level has increased from severe to critical, meaning an attack is imminent after today’s London Tube blast, the PM has stated.

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 fourth time it has been at the highest level since the alert system was introduced.

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.

In May, the last time the terror threat was raised, 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, which could happen again. 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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