UK Terrorist Threat Level Raised To “Severe”
January 23, 2010
The decision to raise the alert follows the December terrorist attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (shown above) on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
While the level has raised, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, assured the public that there are no plans that have currently been discovered, and that it is just a precaution.
“I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest than an attack is imminent.
“JTAC keeps the threat level under constant review makes its judgments based on a broad range of factors, including the intent and capabilities of international terrorist groups in the UK and overseas.
“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.”
In the meantime, several groups have been created to stop any attackers prior to reaching Britain, and Prime Minister Gordon Browne has called for greater security intelligence sharing between nations.