Prime Minister Theresa May raised the threat level in Great Britain from “severe” to “critical” following reports she received from British national security experts saying that another act is possible following the bombing that took place in Manchester on Monday night.
The attacker in Manchester has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. ISIS has taken credit for the attack.
In a national address, May said: “In my statement earlier today, I said the police and security services needed to investigate whether or not Abedi was acting alone. Those investigations continue, but the work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility that we cannot ignore: that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.” May continued:
“It is now concluded on the basis of today's investigation that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical. This means that their assessment is not only an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent.”
May said that by increasing the threat level, more resources will be available for police and that in certain areas, police responsibilities will be taken over by the British armed forces.
May asks British citizens to remain vigilant but that she doesn't want “the public to be unduly alarmed.” She concluded by reiterating her earlier message.
“We will take every measure available to us and provide every additional resource we can to the police and the security services as they work to protect the public. ... The spirit of Manchester and the spirt of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists. That is why the terrorists will never win and we will prevail.”