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UK se­cu­rity ser­vice MI5 has raised the threat level to Great Bri­tain from North­ern Ire­land-re­lated ter­ror­ism. The threat level has been in­creased from mod­er­ate to sub­stan­tial, mean­ing there is a strong pos­si­bil­ity of ter­ror­ist at­tack. MI5 Di­rec­tor Gen­eral An­drew Parker pre­vi­ously said that there were more than 20 at­tacks from the dis­si­dent repub­li­can group in 2014.

UK Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May said: “The main fo­cus of vi­o­lent dis­si­dent repub­li­can ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to be in North­ern Ire­land where they have tar­geted the brave po­lice and prison of­fi­cers who serve their com­mu­ni­ties day in and day out. The re­al­ity is that they com­mand lit­tle sup­port. They do not rep­re­sent the views or wishes of the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple, both in North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land, who de­ci­sively ex­pressed their de­sire for peace in the 1998 Belfast Agree­ment and have been trans­form­ing North­ern Ire­land ever since.”

MI5 is work­ing with the po­lice and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity mea­sures are in place. The threat lev­els to the UK from in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism re­mains at ‘se­vere’, mean­ing an at­tack is highly likely. MI5 stated that the pub­lic should also re­main vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice.

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