British Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the terror level within the country has been raised to its highest level, indicating that another attack may be imminent. The determination was reportedly made due evidence that officials gathered in the course of investigating Mondayâ€™s grisly attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert.
â€śThe threat level should be increased, for the time being, from severe to critical,â€ť May said, noting that â€śa further attack may be imminent.â€ť The rising terror level could prompt armed military personnel to replace police officers at public events in order to thwart any future attacks.
â€śThe work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,â€ť May continued.
So far, intelligence provided by British officials suggests that the attack was carried out by a suspect who was â€ścoached or trained on line or in personâ€ť to carry out the attack, which has been blamed on 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
The culprit detonated an improvised explosive device at around 10:30 pm local time, with the blast killing over 20 people â€“ including many children and teenagers â€“ and injuring nearly 100 more. Manchester police confirmed on Tuesday that at least 12 children under the age of 16 were injured, including an 8-year-old girl who was confirmed dead.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, stating in a press release that â€śa soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatheringâ€ť and then blew them up. United States intelligence officials have yet to independently verify that it was actually the Islamic State behind the attack and not just an opportunistic moment.