By Imran Khan • 28 March 2023 • 14:17
BREAKING: Terror alert in Northern Ireland raised as ‘attack is highly likely’ weeks before Joe Biden´s visit
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The threat level due to a terror attack in Northern Ireland has been raised, as officials warn “attack is considered highly likely”.
The level was raised by the British MI5 after police were targeted by “groups intent on politically-motivated violence”.
The announcement of the change in threat levels comes just a few weeks before a visit by US President Joe Biden, who is scheduled to arrive in the middle of next month.
Tensions have been high in Northern Ireland, especially after an attempt was made to murder a high-profile police official, Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell, in Omagh last month.
According to Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris, cited by Mail Online, “’ The threat level to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland Related Terrorism is constantly monitored and is subject to a regular formal review”.
“This is a systematic, comprehensive and rigorous process, based on the very latest intelligence and analysis of factors which drive the threat”.
“The threat level review takes into account a range of factors and analysis of recent incidents.”
He also added that “The decision to change the threat level is taken by MI5, independently of Ministers”.
“MI5 has increased the threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland Related Terrorism from ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ (an attack is likely) to ‘SEVERE’ (an attack is highly likely)”.
He warned that “The public should remain vigilant, but not be alarmed, and continue to report any concerns they have to the Police Service of Northern Ireland”.
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A journalist, content professional, and former TEDx Speaker based in Tarragona (Spain), with a Master's in International Journalism (Cardiff, UK). Imran is an online reporter for The Euro Weekly News and covers international as well as Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at email@example.com
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