UK’s terror alert has been elevated to ‘critical’ from ‘severe’, a decade highest level, after Monday’s (22 May) suicide bomb which killed 22 including children and injured 59 at the Manchester Arena. Britain’s armed forces have also been deployed to boost security across the country’s iconic buildings.
It was the country’s deadliest attack in 12 years after 22-year-old British-born Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) which tore through crowds after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Soldierstaking part in ‘operation temperer’ have been deployed to maintain a visible presence at key locations like Westminster where a British-born man ploughed a car through pedestrians on the bridge in March. Other places being protected are; Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and embassies – as well as public concerts or sports events.
Across the country, 3,800 soldiers will bolster Britain’s streets, freeing up police officers to carry out patrols and investigations. A critical threat level means an attack is expected imminently, as police try to hunt down or rule out any possible associates of the Manchester suicide bomber.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. Prime Minister Theresa May saying on Tuesday (May 23) that the possibility of accomplices looks increasingly likely.