Britain says terror threat to stay high and may rise further

Britain says terror threat to stay high and may rise further
In this file photo taken on June 04, 2017 Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in the London Bridge attack in central London on June 3, 2017. (AFP/Daniel Sorabji)
Updated 03 June 2018

Britain says terror threat to stay high and may rise further

Britain says terror threat to stay high and may rise further
  • Britain will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy on Monday designed to cope with what it said was a shift in the threats the country faces as militants of all ideologies adopt new tactics
  • A review found existing counter-terrorism policy was well-organized and comprehensive, but suggested ways it could be improved

LONDON: The threat posed by terrorists to Britain is expected to remain high for the next two years and could even rise, the interior ministry said on Sunday, on the first anniversary of an attack that killed eight people in central London.
The current threat level to Britain is assessed as severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. The government said it had foiled 25 militant plots since June 2013 — 12 of those since March 2017 — and was currently handling over 500 live operations.
Britain will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy on Monday designed to cope with what it said was a shift in the threats the country faces as militants of all ideologies adopt new tactics.
The threat level was raised to “critical,” its highest, twice in 2017.
A review found existing counter-terrorism policy was well-organized and comprehensive, but suggested ways it could be improved.
“The threat from terrorism is constantly evolving. Globally, terrorist groups and networks of all ideologies continue to develop organically, exploiting social media, technology and science to further their aims and ambitions,” the ministry said.
The statement said the threat from “extreme right-wing terrorism” was also growing and four plots had been disrupted since March last year.
Interior minister Sajid Javid will speak at a memorial service for those killed in the London Bridge attack when three men drove a van into pedestrians and then stabbed passers-by in the popular nightlife area.
“The government is absolutely committed to doing everything possible to tackle the terrorist threat. It is my first priority every day in this job,” he will say, according to the department.
The revised strategy will try to develop police and security services data analysis capability, coordinate more closely between intelligence agencies and police on specific suspects, and look in more detail at the activity of right wing groups.
It is due to be announced in full on Monday.