Theresa May announced that armed soldiers would be deployed on the streets as she raised the terror threat level from severe to critical
Mirror reports: The UK terror attack threat level has been increased from severe to critical in the wake of Manchester Arena attack investigation, PM Theresa May has announced.
It means that an attack is expected “imminently”.
The last time that the UK threat level was critical was June 30 2007 – in the wake of the Glasgow airport car bombing.
The only time before that it was raised to critical – the highest possible level – was on June 30 2006 when a plot to kill thousands on 10 transatlantic flights from the UK was uncovered.
Anti-terror agencies have been working for the past 24 hours to work out if the suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 120 more at the Ariana Grande pop concert last night was working alone – or as part of an organised terror cell.
The bomber was earlier named as Salman Abedi.
In a statement delivered at 9.45pm tonight the Prime Minister said that “it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group involved”.
She also revealed “military personnel could be deployed to support armed police officers” at public events.
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