Following the terror attack carried out by the ISIS in two sites in Brussels on Tuesday, UK’s counterterrorism officials warn of at least 10 possible suicide bombings in London the group might carry out anytime.
But government forces are also preparing for at least 10 counterattacks should the ISIS attack London, a British minister said Tuesday, as reported by the Express. Security forces in London are currently training to handle possible “dirty bombs” the group reportedly is planning to detonate. These are bombs laced with deadly chemicals and radioactive materials.
Terror alert across the UK was raised to a “severe” level as of Tuesday. It means there’s a high likelihood terrorist attacks will happen. As of press time, trains entering the UK from Brussels via the Eurostar have been temporarily shut down following the bombing in Maelbeek Metro station, which killed at least 20 people.
The US State Department on Tuesday issued a travel alert to citizens throughout Europe, warning of possible attacks. While Brussels is still recovering from the deadly attacks that killed at least 31 individuals and injured more than 250 others, the entire European community is on high alert for possible attacks from ISIS.
Immediately after the Brussels attack, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with its Cobra committee, the country’s emergency response committee, to discuss strategies to avoid spilling over of the Brussels incident to the UK, the Daily Star reported.
“These were attacks in Belgium. They could just as well be attacks in Britain or France or Germany or elsewhere in Europe and we need to stand together against these appalling terrorists and make sure they can never win,” Cameron was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
In the wake of the Brussels bombing that shook the entire EU community, Cameron said the British government has already extended whatever assistance it can provide to the Belgian government in running after those responsible for the Tuesday attack. He added that the British government is also cooperating with the Belgian government in providing intelligence information.