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Britain raises terror threat level

Posted on Aug 30 2014 | IANS

London, Aug 29 : British Home Secretary Theresa May Friday announced that Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has changed the country's threat level from international terrorism from "substantial" to "severe".

This means a terrorist attack is highly likely, although there is no intelligence to suggest that one is imminent, Xinhua quoted the home secretary as saying in a statement.

"The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts," May said in a statement.

"We face a real and serious threat in the UK from international terrorism. I would urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police," she added.

Britain's official threat level informs security professionals across the public and private sectors as they make decisions about the appropriate level of protection in place across the country.

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