UK terror threat level raised to ‘critical’ after Manchester attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed that the country’s terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical” following the deadly Manchester attack.

Speaking at a televised press conference on Tuesday, Mrs May said that further attacks on the country may be imminent.

“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.


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“This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent.”

From today, Military personnel will be deployed at key sites and events around the country as further protection.

It comes after the suicide bomber behind the horrific Manchester attack which killed 22 people and injured 59, was identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

Officials are now trying to work out whether Abedi acted alone or with the help of others.

“It is a possibility that we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” Mrs May said.

“The change in the threat level means there will be additional support available to the police as they work to keep us safe.”

Police have since raided a home in South Manchester and arrested a 23-year-old man in relation to the attack.

“With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester,” Greater Manchester Police tweeted.

Investigations remain ongoing.

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