British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday stated that the country’s terror threat level has been raised to its highest level in the wake of the deadly attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert, indicating that another terrorist attack may be imminent.
“The threat level should be increased, for the time being, from severe to critical,” May said, adding the assessment is “a further attack may be imminent.”
Raising the country’s threat level means that military will replace police officers at some public events, said May.
“It is a possibility we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” she added.
Based on intelligence provided by the British, a U.S. government official told Fox News the evidence points to a suspect who was “coached or trained on line or in person” to carry out the attack.
As reported on Monday, over 20 citizens were killed with well over 50 injured, following an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in the UK in what is now being called an Islamic terrorist attack.
It has been confirmed that the Manchester bomber has been identified as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, “who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.”
British police have reportedly also arrested one other man in connection with the attack, which killed 22 people – many of them teens and children – and wounded 59 others.
One of those killed was identified as an 8-year-old girl. The bomber died in the blast, which sent shrapnel and apparently ball bearings into the crowd as people streamed out of a concert performed by pop star Ariana Grande. She was not injured.
Also on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump had harsh words for those responsible for the terror attack, calling them “evil losers” who “must be driven out of our society forever.”
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