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UK downgrades terrorist threat

UK downgrades terrorist threat
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Britain has reduced the threat level posed by international terrorism from severe to substantial.

The UK Home Office has five categories of terrorist threat levels: critical, severe, substantial, moderate and low. Substantial means a terrorist attack is a strong possibility and might well occur without further warning.

“The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away – there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom,” said Home Secretary Theresa May in a statement. “I would ask the public to remain vigilant,” she added. “The decision to change the threat level is taken by Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre independently of Ministers and is based on the very latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale. Substantial continues to indicate a high level of threat and the threat level is kept under constant review.”

Europol Director Rob Wainwright told euronews earlier this month that the threat from terrorism in Europe should not be underestimated and that terrorists have changed methodology.

Terrorists “are going through a change: they are becoming more dislocated, they are becoming a looser set of networks, there is not great commander control network from parts of Asia for example. So it is a more fragmented threat that we face and that makes it more dangerous,” Mr Wainwright said in an exclusive interview.

By Ali Sheikholeslami
London Correspondent