UK Terror Threat Raised To 'Severe'!

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UK Terror Threat Raised To 'Severe'!

Post by 1916 on Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:13 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jan/22/terror-threat-raised-uk-severe

The threat of international terrorism to the UK was raised from substantial to severe tonight, meaning that an attack is 'highly likely'.

Alan Johnson, the home secretary, stressed, however, that there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was imminent. He said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) had taken the decision.

"JTAC keeps the threat level under constant review and makes its judgments based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas," he said.

He added: "We still face a real and serious threat to the UK from international terrorism, so I would urge the public to remain vigilant and carry on reporting suspicious events to the appropriate authorities, and to support the police and security services in their continuing efforts to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity."

The terrorist threat has been at substantial, meaning an attack is a 'strong possibility', since July. There are five levels of terror threat, ranging from low - meaning an attack is unlikely - to critical, when an attack is expected imminently. Severe is the second highest level on the scale.

Johnson said the change in status was not specifically linked to the increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit plane bombing on Christmas Day. On Wednesday Gordon Brown announced new measures to track terror suspects and improve airport security, including a suspension of direct flights between Yemen and the UK.
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