Terrorist attack ‘highly likely’ in UK: Intelligence agencies

July 27, 2016 4:00 pm

An armed British police officer on security patrol among tourists at Horse Guards Parade in London (File photo)

British security services
have warned that a terrorist attack in the country is “highly likely”
following attacks in other parts of Europe.

“The threat
level currently stands at SEVERE (sic), which means that an attack in
the is highly likely,” read a writing argument by James Eadie QC for
the security services.
He presented his argument before the
Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in London as ’s intelligence
agencies were defending themselves against allegations of mass
collection of communications data and UK citizens’ personal information
without proper legal safeguards.
In the latest terrorist attacks
in Europe, two knife-wielding men interrupted a French church service on
Tuesday, took a number of people hostage and killed an 85-year-old
priest.
The two assailants were later shot and killed by police
officers. After the incident, Amaq agency, which is affiliated to
the Takfiri terrorist group, announced that two of its members had
carried out the attack.
Images threatening attacks in London and other major capitals have also been reportedly posted on messaging app Telegram.
The UK National Police Chiefs’ Council urged communities to stay alert, but not alarmed.
“As
we have seen, Daesh and other terrorist groups have targeted Christian
as well as Jewish and other faith groups in the West and beyond,” said
Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
“We
are reiterating our protective security advice to Christian places of
worship and have circulated specific advice today. We are also taking
this opportunity to remind them to review their security arrangements as
a precaution,” he said.
“While the threat from remains unchanged at severe, we urge the public to be vigilant,” he added.
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