Britain’s streets are jammed with soldiers to help police after the deadly attack on Manchester.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, first announced a severe threat level but then raised it to a critical threat level; this is the first time Britain declares a critical state since July 2007.
Britain’s doing everything to “not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent”.
May explained that she is avoiding “unduly alarm” people but military workers, under police command, would attend public events and major sites.
After an emergency Cobra assembly, May stated that the security services’ investigations and police “revealed it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this incident”.
“The police have asked for authorisation from the secretary of state for defence to deploy a number of military personnel in support of their armed officers.” The Prime Minster remarked.
Meaning that soldiers will replace the armed police who secure the events in an operation named Temperer. This operation was first revealed in 2015 but wasn’t used until now.
Around 5,000 troops will available to help the police whilst replacing armed officers. Such a replacement is essential to allow armed officers to be free for patrols in important areas.
The fatal attack was conducted by Salman Ramadan Abedi. Abedi killed 22 persons with a suicide bomb in a pop concert. The bomb was placed in the foyer Manchester Arena on Monday evening in Ariana Grande’s concert; the party had thousands of people mainly children and their parents.
The police’s main goal is to figure out whether Abedi was acting on his own or with the help of other groups or terrorists.
“The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Officer, Ian Hopkins, noted.