Security Services on High Alert for Beheading Attack in Britain
- By Matt Holden
- Jan 13, 2015
Security services are reportedly on high alert for a beheading attack in Britain after online discussions by jihadists mentioned plans to murder soldiers, police and intelligence operatives.
Multiple reports say that extremists may want to abduct a target and post footage of their death on the internet. Isis, which some say have hundreds of British-born fighters, called for terror attacks in followers’ home countries last year.
The Prime Minister held a security meeting in Downing Street on Monday on the risk to the UK, examining security forces' preparedness for similar incidents.
A spokesperson for Downing Street said agencies “regularly” carry out drills to test their response to a terror attack, “including scenarios similar to the incidents in Paris”.
“They also discussed the risk posed by firearms, agreeing that our existing tough firearms laws are a very important part of the protections we have and that we should step up our efforts with other countries to crack down on the illegal smuggling of weapons across borders,” he added.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.