Bri­tain keeps threat level un­changed, un­der re­view

DNA (Delhi) - - WORLD -

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May says na­tion’s of­fi­cial threat level from ter­ror­ism re­mains at ‘se­vere’, mean­ing an at­tack is highly likely, and has not been raised in the wake of the London sub­way bomb­ing. Af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing of the gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency com­mit­tee, May said the threat level was not be­ing raised to “crit­i­cal,” which would mean an at­tack is im­mi­nent.

She says that de­ci­sion will be kept un­der re­view. The threat level was briefly raised to crit­i­cal af­ter the May 22 sui­cide bomb­ing at Manch­ester Arena.

Author­i­ties say 22 peo­ple were in­jured when an im­pro­vised bomb ex­ploded aboard a sub­way train dur­ing Fri­day’s rush hour. Most of the vic­tims suf­fered flash burns, and none was se­ri­ously hurt. Af­ter study­ing pho­tos of the de­vice, he said Fri­day the bomb had only “par­tially” burned since much of the de­vice and its cas­ing re­mained in­tact. He said that will make it easy for po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices to de­ter­mine what chem­i­cals and meth­ods were used to make the bomb. He said “they were lucky with this one, it could have re­ally be­come much worse.” He said the bomber chose to con­ceal the de­vice in a bucket and a plas­tic shopping bag rather than a back­pack. He said: “It seems this was hastily put to­gether. Prob­a­bly not very well mixed to­gether.”

— AFP

Cops com­fort­ing one of the in­jured.

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