UK Terror Threat Upgraded to Severe, Meaning Terror Attack ‘Highly Likely’

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Counter terrorism officers march near the scene of last night's London Bridge terrorist attack on June 4, 2017 in London, England. Police continue to cordon off an area after responding to terrorist attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market where 6 people were killed and …
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The British government has confirmed that the nation’s terror threat has been increased from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, following a string of violent Islamist incidents in France and the Islamist terror attack in Vienna, Austria, on Monday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (Jtac), an independent body which is part of MI5, changed the UK terror threat level on Tuesday. This means that a terror attack is considered “highly likely” rather than “likely”.

Ms Patel said: “This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat. The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

The change comes after the Islamist murder of French teacher Samuel Paty and a series of violent incidents including a terror attack in Nice with three people being slain on the grounds of the basilica, the foiling of a potential copycat attack outside of Paris, and the shooting of a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon. While on Monday, one Islamic State supporter was shot dead by police after killing four and injuring 17 more in a shooting, with authorities seeking potential accomplices.

The Guardian reported intelligence agencies had said that Britons should be “particularly vigilant” following the Vienna attack, as the UK goes into lockdown on Thursday. Sources told the newspaper that it is still unclear if the Islamist attack was planned to coincide with the last night before Austria’s lockdown. Vienna’s streets were particularly busy on Monday as people took advantage of their last night of socialising.

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