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Australia elevates terror alert level to “high”

15 Sep 2014 by Clement Huang
Australia has elevated its terror alert level to “high” – the second highest level available, in reaction to the threat posed by local supporters of Islamic State militants. This is the first time that the National Terrorism Public Alert System has been increased since its inception in 2003 – previously standing at “medium” for over a decade. A “high” alert means that government and intelligence agencies believe that an attack is likely. As per a report by Bloomberg Businessweek, Australia prime minister Tony Abbott stated that the country has received “intelligence that there are people with the intent and the capability [of mounting] attacks”. Travellers flying in and out of Australia should be aware that they may face increased security screenings across the country’s airports. In addition, the same could apply to government buildings and public events. Australia’s move follows a similar one made by the UK last month, when the country raised its threat level to the second highest available. Tensions have been mounting after prime minister David Cameron condemned the ritualised execution of British humanitarian aid worker David Haines during the weekend, and pledged to “confront this menace”. "Step by step, we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy [the Islamic State (Isis) jihadi group] and what it stands for … We will not do so on our own, but by working closely with our allies, not just the United States and in Europe, but also in the region because this organisation poses a massive threat to the entire Middle East,” said Cameron, quoted in a report by the Guardian. For more information, visit nationalsecurity.gov.au Clement Huang
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