Terrorist attack is 'highly likely' to occur in UK
British security services have warned that a terrorist attack in the country is "highly likely” following attacks in other parts of Europe.
"The threat level currently stands at SEVERE (sic), which means that an attack in the UK is highly likely," read a writing argument by James Eadie QC for the security services.
He presented his argument before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in London as Britain's intelligence agencies were defending themselves against allegations of mass collection of communications data and UK citizens' personal information without proper legal safeguards.
In the latest terrorist attacks in Europe, two knife-wielding men interrupted a French church service on Tuesday, took a number of people hostage and killed an 85-year-old priest.
The two assailants were later shot and killed by police officers. After the incident, Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to the Takfiri terrorist group, announced that two of its members had carried out the attack.
Images threatening attacks in London and other major capitals have also been reportedly posted on messaging app Telegram.
The UK National Police Chiefs' Council urged communities to stay alert, but not alarmed.
“As we have seen, Daesh and other terrorist groups have targeted Christian as well as Jewish and other faith groups in the West and beyond,” said Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
"We are reiterating our protective security advice to Christian places of worship and have circulated specific advice today. We are also taking this opportunity to remind them to review their security arrangements as a precaution," he said.
"While the threat from terrorism remains unchanged at severe, we urge the public to be vigilant," he added.
Background on this from Katehon:
“This terrorist attack corresponds to the US' interests, as it weakens continental Europe, after the process of the UK leaving the EU has started. Now there is a hypothetical possibility of the transformation of the EU into a Continentalist Union on the basis of the Franco-German bloc, which could in the long term achieve independence from the United States. And it is against this block the US had to unleash a hybrid war, using all their networks of influence aiming to diminish the potential of Continental Europe.
These attacks promote the strengthening of nervousness, fear, and disorientation in German society, thus making Germans more susceptible to being handled, including manipulated, from the outside. This chain of attacks weakens Europe and its peoples' confidence in their leaders.
The terrorist attacks in Germany and France and the attempted coup in Turkey, another NATO power that has the potential for a policy independent of the US, prove that such a war has already begun. It should be kept in mind that US intelligence agencies have the experience of cooperation with both Islamic structures and neo-Nazis. The famous project “Gladio”, involving the creation of secret neo-Nazi networks to counter the Soviet Union and its communist networks in Europe during the Cold War, was run by the CIA.”