UK ups terror level in line with US

2010-01-23 09:00

Washington - Britain's decision to raise its terror alert level brings it in line with US measures announced "over the last few weeks," the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Friday.

"The UK is raising their measures to effectively where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks," said DHS spokesperson Matthew Chandler.

"We have enhanced our security measures and communicated specific information to industry, law enforcement and the American people," he said.

Chandler's comments came after British Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced Britain had raised its terror threat level from substantial to severe, suggesting that an attack is "highly likely."

"The Joint Terrorism Analysis Center has today raised the threat to the UK from international terrorism from substantial to severe," Johnson said.

"This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but I should stress that there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent."

In a television statement shortly afterwards, Johnson refused to say whether the change in the threat level, which takes it to the fourth highest level out of five, was linked to the failed Detroit plane bombing on December 25.

But "that's the implication," said a US official, who requested anonymity.

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