(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The British government this week announced that the estimated terrorism threat level in the country is now “severe,” and has been raised from the previous “substantial” level. It means that the British government is expecting and preparing for a possible attack.
The “severe” level is just one step below the highest level, “critical.” It means that authorities have reason to believe that extremists are plotting terror attacks in the country. It came in response to a shooting on Monday night in Vienna, Austria.
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On Tuesday, it was announced that police officers in Vienna carried out a series of raids and arrested 14 people in the hours after the gunman murdered four people in the city. The attack is understood to have been committed by a 20-year-old Islamic extremist who had been released from prison in December 2019.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel told the media that it was a “precautionary” measure that was also taken as a result of the “horrific events” in France last week.
“As I’ve said before, we face a real and serious threat in the UK from terrorism,” she said. “I would ask the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.”
The terrorist incidents in France saw three people killed in a knife attack in Nice, as well as the beheading of a teacher in Paris. The teacher, Samuel Paty, was murdered after he showed a cartoon image of the Prophet Mohammed to his students during a class.
Britain’s terror threat levels are chosen by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, part of the United Kingdoms intelligence and security agency.
The five levels include:
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of counter-terrorism policing in the United Kingdom, said that the decision was made in response to attacks in Europe and called on communities to “stand together and reject those who seek to sow division and hatred between us.”
“We need communities and families to bring to our attention anyone they perceive may be vulnerable, a danger or escalating towards terrorism,” he added.