Bomb­ing raises ter­ror alert to ‘crit­i­cal’

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FIONA MCKAY

BRI­TAIN’S ter­ror alert has been raised to crit­i­cal, mean­ing an­other at­tack is ex­pected im­mi­nently, af­ter the bomb­ing on the Lon­don Un­der­ground at Par­sons Green.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May raised the alert to the high­est level af­ter an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice sent a fireball through a packed train car­riage in Lon­don dur­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing’s rush-hour. Twenty-nine peo­ple were in­jured, most of whom were said to have suf­fered “flash burns”.

Po­lice Scot­land said it was putting more armed of­fi­cers on the streets and would re­view se­cu­rity at ma­jor events planned for the next few days.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Bernard Hig­gins said: “The pub­lic should ex­pect to see armed of­fi­cers on foot pa­trol at key lo­ca­tions and crowded places across the coun­try.

“We have well-re­hearsed plans to re­spond to ma­jor in­ci­dents.”

The Is­lamic State ter­ror group, through its Amaq news agency, has said it car­ried out the at­tack.

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