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The threat to British mainland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has increased: MI5

The UK Security Service, MI5, has increased the threat level to Great Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism from moderate to substantial.

This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility and reflects the continuing threat from dissident republican activity.

Despite the rise, this threat level remains lower than the international terrorism threat to the UK as a whole, which remains unchanged at severe, meaning that attacks are highly likely.

The range of UK threat levels are as follows:

  • LOW means an attack is unlikely.
  • MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
  • SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
  • CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently.


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