Terror attack on UK 'highly likely', warns Home Secretary
A terrorist attack in the UK is "highly likely" and could occur without warning, British Home Secretary on Wednesday warned even as she assured that "more is being done" to tackle jihadist strikes simililar to the ones that struck Paris and Mumbai.
London: A terrorist attack in the UK is "highly likely" and could occur without warning, British Home Secretary on Wednesday warned even as she assured that "more is being done" to tackle jihadist strikes simililar to the ones that struck Paris and Mumbai.
Speaking in the House of Commons in the wake of terror attacks in Paris, Theresa May said the alert level in the country was still at 'severe'.
May said three serious terrorist plots had been disrupted in recent months in the country.
May told MPs that she had held meetings with other leaders from around the world and there was "firm support" from other nations to share intelligence, track movements and "defeat the ideology" behind the attacks.
Specialist joint police, ambulance and fire teams are also in place across the country, who carry out exercises similar to those in Paris in preparation for any possible attacks.
She also referred to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which more than 150 people were killed.
"The House will recall the attacks in Mumbai in 2008 when terrorists armed with assault weapons and explosives took the lives of more than 150 people."
The Home Secretary said?"cooperation will be increased between countries to deal with the threats posed by terrorism, in particular the sharing of passenger name records."
She said "the emergency services do carry out exercises, training for the response to any terror attack, and future exercises will reflect specific aspects of the Paris attacks."
She said "more is being done", and she has excluded more foreign hate preachers than any other Home Secretary.
This week, Prime Minister David Cameron discussed with the country's security and spy chiefs the threat faced by the UK of Mumbai or Paris-style attacks.
In the meeting, they agreed that security agencies will consider elements of the Paris attacks, which claimed 17 lives, while planning future training exercises for police and security services.