Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Friday, 1/22/2010

U.K. raises its terror threat level to 'severe'


LONDON — Britain's government has raised the nation's terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe," meaning such an attack is considered highly likely.

A "substantial" threat level means there is a strong possibility of an attack. "Severe" is the second highest level of alert in Britain.

In announcing the change Friday, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: "This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest than an attack is imminent."

He did not identify any terrorist groups or countries that had raised Britain's suspicions, but earlier this week Britain suspended direct flights to Yemen's capital in response to the growing threat from al-Qaida-affiliated militants based in the country.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.