Priti Patel reveals UK terror threat level has increased to 'severe'
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The terror threat level in the UK has now been raised to “severe” in the wake of the devastating hospital blast which saw one person killed and four people arrested. Home Secretary Priti Patel decided to raise the terror alert level to such which means an attack is now judged to be “highly likely”. The explosion outside a Liverpool hospital on Remembrance Sunday was the second incident in a month, prompting the decision to raise the alert level from substantial to severe.
An explosion took place outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday, November 14.
One man was killed and a taxi destroyed in the blast, with the driver of the taxi needing hospital treatment.
Four men, aged 29, 26, 21 and 20, have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.
The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Serena Kennedy, said: “There is no specific threat to the area, but I have asked for patrols to be increased right across Merseyside.”
The Home Secretary said the terror alert level was raised to severe because the Liverpool blast was the second incident in a month, after the killing of MP David Amess in Essex.
According to the Home Office, there have been 16 terrorist incidents around the world in 2021 so far.
Two of those were in the UK – the David Amess stabbing on October 15 and the Liverpool car bombing on November 14.
The remaining 16 incidents took place in Pakistan, Iraq, Mozambique, Indonesia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Peru, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Syria.
The deadliest of these incidents is believed to be the suicide bombing on August 26 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The explosion took place near Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport and came hours after the USA told Americans outside the airport to leave due to a terrorist threat.
At least 183 people were killed in the attacks, including 13 US service members, two British nationals and a child of a British national.
What countries are most dangerous according to terrorist attacks?
According to recent data published on November 3 by Statista, there were 1,750 terrorist attacks in Afghanistan in 2019.
A total of 8,302 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide, resulting in 25,082 deaths and 19,924 injuries in 2019 – according to the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
The second-highest number of terrorist attacks in 2019 was reported in Syria – where a total of 1,028 incidents were recorded.
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Terrorist incidents by country in 2019, ranked from most to least:
- Afghanistan: 1,750
- Syria: 1,028
- India: 655
- Iraq: 540
- Somalia: 486
- Nigeria: 458
- Yemen: 395
- Philippines: 351
- Colombia: 291
- Congo (Kinshasa): 230.
Last year, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, five of the top 10 terrorist countries were classified as being in a state of war.
These nations included Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.
The remaining five countries were involved in minor conflicts and included the Phillippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and Iraq.
Afghanistan, like in 2019, was the nation hardest hit and most impacted by terrorism.
The nation accounts for 41 percent of terrorism deaths globally, with the Taliban responsible for 87 percent of those fatalities.
During 2019, deaths from terrorism declined by 22 percent, falling to 5,725.
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