The UK has supposedly moved its terrorist alert level from ‘severe’ which meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’ to ‘critical‘ meaning an attack is imminent.
The country’s terror threat level was raised to severe (the second highest of five possible UK threat levels) in August 2014 following a speech by the then Home Secretary, and current Prime Minister, Theresa May in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria. However, in response to the Manchester arena attack of 22nd May 2017 in which 22 people are presumed dead and a large number injured, the UK’s threat level has been raised to critical.
The attack which was orchestrated by 22-year-old Manchester born of Libyan descent, Salman Abedi also known as Salman Ramadan Abedi is believed to have claimed 22 lives and leaving scores injured. He was born in Manchester in 1994 and was one of four children born to Libyan refugees who fled to Britain at the height of the Gaddafi regime.
He supposedly traveled to Manchester from London via train a few days before the attack. Police are still making investigations after the Islamic State claimed him to be “a Caliphate Soldier” and responsibility for the attack.
Law enforcement officials gained entry to Abedi’s home Tuesday afternoon following the setting off a controlled explosion to get in, while a 23-year-old man who is believed to be the attacker’s brother has also been arrested by Law enforcement for questioning. A further eight suspects between the ages of 18 and 38 are believed to be in custody with regards to the Manchester bombing.
This comes in the wake of the rise in vehicular attack on pedestrians. At this time more than ever, if anything, extra care must be taken on the street of the UK and most importantly, the UK’s transportation system (as I earlier wrote about this, for which some UK trains are now being patrolled by armed police officers) should be watched over and guarded properly. However, all these cannot effectively happen without due assistance given to the necessary authorities by citizens and other law enforcement officials to forestall or quell any such attacks.
- Three women have supposedly been charged with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder following a North-West London raid by British Police.
- A man by the name of Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali alleged to be in possession of two knives in a bag near Downing street has been arrested and charged with terrorism offences as another man, Shamim Ahmed has also supposedly pleaded guilty in the in the UK to preparing for acts of terrorism.
- Five men have been arrested at residential addresses in Coventry under the the terrorism Act of 2000.
- Holiday reps are reportedly being trained to tackle terrorism abroad, the likes of the massacre in Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed.
- Two men have been arrested in Dublin by gardaí investigating international terrorism.
- Former FBI director, James Comey suggests that 15% of terrorists cases in the US are linked to refugees.
- North Korea has accused the US and South Korea of ‘Hideous terrorism’ while vowing to wipe out ‘man-killing demons’.
- Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that terrorism cannot be fought with terrorists such as the US arming of Kurdish YPG forces fighting against ISIL in Northern Syria.
- Jihadi John ally and associate Aine Davies is believed to be jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges.
- Pakistani government has accused Hafiz Saeed of spreading terrorism in the name of Jihad through Lashkar-e-Taiba, a supposed terrorist organisation.
- A report suggests that high rate of unemployment and lack of formal basic education are a possible cause of growing terrorism in Africa as the continent sees a 1,000% increase in terrorism activities.
- Nigeria has pledged its commitment to end global terrorism and inequality as experts warn terrorists are taking advantage of the country’s porous borders.
- About 82 Chibok girls have supposedly been returned and welcome by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This is the second time the government has negotiated with Boko Haram for some of the girls’ freedom.
A 26-year-old man by the name of Richard Rojas has been charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder after having plowed his car into pedestrians in New York Times Square in what seemed like a terrorist attack.
Rojas was arrested Thursday afternoon after he drove his car for three blocks in Times Square, before hitting almost two dozen people before finally being stopped by steel security barriers. He has been charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them are in critical condition. Officials say following disciplinary actions, he was discharged from the US navy. He apparently told police he was “hearing voices”, after his arrest, and expected to die, two law enforcement officials said.
Following the wreck he emerged from his vehicle running, yelling and jumping before being subdued by police and bystanders in a riotous scene.
New York police department is still carrying out investigations of his intoxication levels as his Rojas intentions remain unclear. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no indication that this was an act of terrorism”.
This comes after vehicles have plowed through pedestrians in recent terrorist attacks in the UK, France and Germany.