UK raises terrorist threat level to “severe” after attacks in Austria and France

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LONDON (AP) – Britain on Tuesday raised its terrorist threat level to a severe level, its second highest level, following recent attacks in Austria and France.

The serious threat level means that an attack in the UK is considered highly likely. The level was previously substantial, meaning an attack is considered likely.

The decision announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel came after a man who had previously tried to join the Islamic State group stormed the center of the Austrian capital of Vienna armed with an automatic rifle and ‘a fake explosive vest Monday night, killing four people in front of the police. shot him down and killed him.

Patel said the heightened security alert is a “precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.”

“The public must continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police,” she said.

The UK government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, established in June 2003, made the decision. The center assesses intelligence related to international terrorism, at home and abroad, defines threat levels and issues threat warnings and other terrorism-related information.

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