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Australian terrorism alert level raised from Medium to High

The Australian Government has raised the National Terrorism Public Alert level from Medium to High. The change has been recommended by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the organization that independently determines the threat level.

ASIO’s advice is not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a “body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia”.

Australian security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the increasing number of Australians working with, connected to, or inspired by terrorist groups such as ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusrah, and al-Qaeda. The threat they pose has been increasing for more than a year.

Raising the alert level to High is designed to increase vigilance and raise awareness in the community.

Owners and operators of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering are encouraged to review their security plans and update their contact details with their state or territory police counter-terrorism unit.

•Date: 16th September 2014 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism

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