Australia raises terror threat level to ‘high’ for police

Australia raises terror threat level to ‘high’ for police

CANBERRA, Australia: Australia’s main domestic security agency on Tuesday raised the terrorist threat level against police from “medium” to “high” in response to recent international attacks targeting officers.

The threat against police as assessed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization now equals the threat to the wider Australian community which was lifted to “high” in September last year, Australian Federal Police said in a statement. “High” is the second highest level on a scale of four.

“Recent events in France, Canada and Australia serve as a sobering reminder of the risks associated with policing,” the statement said.

A gunman is suspected of killing a Paris police officer this month before taking several people hostage in a grocery store. Another two officers were injured while storming the store, leaving the gunman and four hostages dead.

In October, Canada was hit by two terror attacks by so-called “lone wolves” believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State group. In Ottawa, a gunman shot and killed a soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial and then stormed Parliament before being gunned down. Two days earlier, a man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police.

Related Post

Kabul car bomb kills 12 including Nato contractors
views 61
KABUL: At least 12 people including three Nato contractors were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber struck a foreign forces convoy, officials sa...
Gunman opens fire at German nightclub
views 28
A machine-gun wielding man burst into a German nightclub and opened fire overnight, killing one and seriously wounding three more. The 34-year-old at...
Grenade injures 26 at Bosnia club
views 68
A man threw a hand grenade into a nightclub in Bosnia, wounding 26 people, then called police to complain that bouncers had beaten him up afterwards, ...
Plane crash in Tokyo, 3 dead and several injured
views 70
Three people were killed and five others injured when a small private aircraft crashed into homes in the western Tokyo suburb of Chofu on Sunday, poli...
AirAsia crash: Rescuers recover 30 more bodies
views 52
After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Frid...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK