Britain backs US alert on possible Europe attacks

3rd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Sunday backed a US State Department travel alert warning of possible attacks in Europe, saying it was "consistent" with its own assessment of the threat.

"The US has advised us that they have changed their travel advice for Europe," British Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement.

"We work closely with our international partners in countering terrorism and the US advice is consistent with our assessment," she said.

The US alert follows news reports in the past week that Western intelligence agencies had uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch commando-style attacks in Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

The alert -- which the United States issues regarding specific events and is a step down from a travel warning -- urged Americans to take precautions in public places in Europe and said there was a "potential for terrorist attacks".

May said that the British threat level assessment remained at "severe", meaning that an attack was "highly likely".

"The first and most important duty of this government is the protection and security of the British people and visitors to the UK. As we have consistently made clear, we face a real and serious threat from terrorism," she said.

"I would urge the public to report any suspicious activity to the police in support of the efforts of our security services to discover, track and disrupt terrorist activity."

© 2010 AFP

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