The United Kingdom’s MI5 intelligence service has raised the terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland to “severe” amid an increase in activity by militants.
UK raises domestic threat level for Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom’s MI5 intelligence agency has increased the threat level in Northern Ireland from domestic terrorism to “severe” – meaning an attack is highly likely.
The move to return the level to its second highest category follows recent attacks on police offices and comes weeks before political leaders are due to gather in the province to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence.
US President Joe Biden said this month that he had accepted an invitation to visit Northern Ireland in April, and both Bill and Hillary Clinton are due to attend anniversary-related events.
“The public should remain vigilant but not be alarmed and continue to report any concerns they have,” Chris Heaton-Harris, the UK minister for the province, said in a written statement.