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Threat level for Northern Ireland raised to “severe”

The threat level from domestic terrorism in Northern Ireland has been raised to “severe” by Britain’s MI5 intelligence service, which denotes that an assault is very possible.

With the recent targeting of police officers, the threshold was raised from “significant,” according to Chris Heaton-Harris, the British minister for the province.

Last month, a gun attack resulted in the serious injury of an off-duty officer; the governments of Dublin and London denounced the event.

The public should “be vigilant, but not scared,” he advised, adding that they should keep calling the Police Service of Northern Ireland with any worries they may have.

The modification occurs around a year after Britain dropped the threat rating for the province for the first time in more than ten years to “serious.”

It also occurs in advance of the Good Friday Agreement’s 25th anniversary, which marks the main conclusion of the “Troubles,” three decades of unrest that had wracked Northern Ireland since the late 1960s.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak invited Joe Biden, the U.S. President, to visit Northern Ireland earlier this month, and Bill and Hilary Clinton are expected to attend ceremonies honoring the milestone.

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