Expert comments as UK terror level rises

November 30, 2021

Michael Lubieszko, Terrorism and Extremist Intelligence Manager at Dragonfly, the security and intelligence service, has commented on the increased threat of terrorist attack in the UK in the build up to Christmas.

It was confirmed by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) that, following the terrorist incident which took place in Liverpool, the UK National Threat Level has moved from SUBSTANTIAL, meaning an attack is likely, to SEVERE – this means that an attack is highly likely.

“The raising of the UK National Threat Level by the JTAC from substantial to severe is not an empty gesture. It means that an attack is highly likely to take place, and has prompted a slew of official messaging asking the public to remain alert to the threat from terrorism,” explained Lubieszko.

“But, as we head into the festive season, we can expect mass gatherings in both public and private spaces at a scale that has not been seen for almost two years.

“Although seemingly not politically motivated, the recent truck attack in Wisconsin is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of festive events to mass casualty attacks involving crude and available weaponry. That incident was reminiscent of the 2016 Christmas market attacks in Berlin and Bastille-day truck attack in Nice earlier that year, both claimed by ISIS.

“As terrorist organisations continue to advocate for self-directed individuals to carry out attacks using weapons they find to hand, the festive season of 2021 is guaranteed to be overshadowed by an increased police presence, and extensive and visible security measures.”

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