Australia’s terror threat raised to high

Australia’s terror threat raised to high

Australia has raised its terror threat level to ‘high’ from ‘medium’ today, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying there is an increased likelihood of a terrorist attack at home.

But Mr Abbott has stressed it had no knowledge of a specific attack plan.

“Last night the director general of security raised the terror threat to high, consequently today the government is raising the public awareness level to high,” Mr Abbott said in a news conference in Melbourne.

“I want to stress that this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent. We have no specific intelligence of particular plots. What we do have is intelligence that there are people with the intent and capability to mount attacks here in Australia.”

The outgoing head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), David Irvine,  has said that the number of Australians returning from fighting with Islamic State and other radical groups pose a growing risk.

Mr Irvine says the concern has been growing over the past several months.

“I want to stress that this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent”- PM, Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Abbott has also reiterated the change should not have a dramatic effect on the day-to-day life of the Australian public.

“What people will probably notice though is more security at airports, more security at ports, more security at military bases, more security at government buildings, and more security at large public events,” he said.

For more information on Australia’s terror threat level visit the Australian National Security website.

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