UK terror threat level to remain ‘severe’ for now

The terror threat level in the UK will remain “severe” over the next years, Scotland Yard’s top counter-terrorism officer has warned, admitting that the government of Prime Minister Theresa May has a lot to do to guarantee the safety of British citizens.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said Tuesday that fear of terrorist attacks in the UK was going to stay at its second highest rate for five more years because the risk posed from terrorists was “an unknown threat in our midst.”

The police chief said British security agencies were running 600 active counter-terrorism investigations.

Referring to the recent wave of terror attacks that have hit London and Manchester, Basu said the threat posed by home-grown terrorists had replaced the danger of attacks from overseas.

“The threat was the traveler or the returning fighter, who was battle-hardened and even angrier, but now it’s the threat in our midst,” he…

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