Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UK Raises Threat Level To 'Critical'; Attack 'May Be Imminent'

UK Raises Threat Level To 'Critical'; Attack 'May Be Imminent'

I have a 14-year-old daughter who likes Ariana Grande's music and while she had not planned to go to the concert, I was struck by the thought she might have got a ticket at the last minute. "That is why the terrorists will never win and we will prevail".

Police have reportedly identified the bomber as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a Manchester resident of Libyan ancestry.

Even before Abedi was named, several members of south Manchester's Libyan community wondered whether the suicide bomber was one of their own: perhaps one of the young men who had fought in Libya during the 2011 revolution, some of whom came home traumatised and angry.

He told the Press Association: "He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent)". "This morning, I said that the joint terrorism analysis center - the independent organization responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of the intelligence available - was keeping the threat level under constant review".

Her manager Scooter Braun said: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act".

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"It is now concluded on the basis of today's investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical", she said in a televised statement after a meeting of the government's crisis response committee. "This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent".

The BBC reports this is only the third time the United Kingdom has reached the highest terror threat level under its alert system - and the first since 2007.

She announced that the country's Operation Temperer, an emergency plan that allows military personnel to support the police's armed forces, was "now in full force".

Those military personnel may be deployed at certain events, May said, "such as concerts and sports matches" to help police keep the public safe.

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