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May 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The Australian government has raised its travel advisory level for Britain to “high degree of caution” as British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered troops onto the streets and increased Britain’s terrorism threat assessment from “severe” to “critical”.

“Critical” means another attack may be imminent, following the atrocity a couple of days ago in which a suicide bomber allied with the Muslim terrorist group ISIS blew himself at a Manchester concert. The attack killed 22 people, including children, and injured about 60 others.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was quoted yesterday as advising Australians to avoid  Manchester for the time being. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller.gov.au  website however, says only to “continue to avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena and anticipate significant transport delays in the Manchester area”.

DFAT continues: “Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK. Be vigilant with your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities’ instructions (Safety and security). In light of the UK’s increase to its threat level, we now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom.”

 

The Manchester suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, born in the city after his parents fled there as refugees from Libya. Family members and other suspects have subsequently been arrested in Britain and Libya.

The British government has triggered an emergency response operation within the UK codenamed Temperer which will see soldiers replace armed police officers at many sites and events. It is the first time Temperer has taken force. The plan is reported to allow up to 5000 troops to deploy in British cities in support of police, to free police up for patrols in key areas.

It’s a far cry from the traditional British image of Bobbies on bicycles, but society has changed. We live in “interesting times” (as the Chinese traditionally put it) and the need for security is paramount.

For latest threat level see: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/europe/northern/Pages/united_kingdom.aspx

Written by Peter Needham

 

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