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UK reduces terror threat level

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, July 11, IRNA -- The perceived level of threat from international terrorism in the UK has been reduced from severe to substantial, Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced on Monday.

But May warned that the reduction to the third highest level does not mean the overall threat has gone away as “there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask the public to remain vigilant.”

The change in the five-tier advisory system from the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), is from severe, where an attack is deemed 'highly likely' to when an attack is seen as a “strong possibility”.

The level has remained at severe for most of the time since the advisory system, taken independently of ministers and based on the latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale, was first made public in August 2006.

It has been raised to the highest level critical, when an attack is considered imminent, on two brief occasions - following a series of arrests over an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic aircraft in 2006 and following the attack on Glasgow Airport and failed car bombings in central London in 2007.

The level is now the same as the threat from dissident republican and loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland, which was increased to substantial in September last year following a warning from MI5 security agency.

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