UK threat level crit­i­cal, mil­i­tary guards streets

Deccan Chronicle - - WORLD -

Lon­don, Sept. 15: Bri­tain lifted its na­tional se­cu­rity threat level to crit­i­cal from se­vere on Satur­day, mean­ing an at­tack is ex­pected, after a bomb on a Lon­don com­muter train in­jured 29 peo­ple.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said in a tele­vised state­ment that armed po­lice and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary would be seen on the streets in the com­ing days. “For this pe­riod, mil­i­tary per­son­nel will re­place po­lice of­fi­cers on guard du­ties at cer­tain pro­tected sites that are not ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic,” she said.

The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for Fri­day’s at­tack, fifth ma­jor ter­ror­ism at­tack in Bri­tain this year.

The last time Bri­tain was put on “crit­i­cal” alert was after a sui­cide bomber killed 22 peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in Manchester in May. Prior to that it had not been trig­gered since 2007.

Po­lice has ar­rested an 18-year-old man on sus­pi­cion of a ter­ror of­fence in con­nec­tion with Fri­day’s at­tack. Armed po­lice are search­ing a house in Sur­rey, where nearby res­i­dents have been evac­u­ated, BBC re­ported.

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