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.

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