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No Need to Raise Terror Threat Level in Iceland

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National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police Haraldur Johannessen says there is no reason to raise the terror threat level in Iceland following the attack in Manchester on Monday evening, RÚV reports.

“We have certain procedures in place in such a case so that experts in the Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police can meet here and go over the issue together,” Haraldur explained about the response in Iceland to the Manchester attack. “That is what happened here [yesterday] morning—they met, appraised the situation and came to the conclusion that while there is no reason to hike the level of preparedness of the police, we will remain very alert,” he continued. The experts followed developments in the UK and obtained information from the British police on the status of the investigation, as far as was possible.

When asked about the likelihood of such an attack occurring in Iceland, Haraldur said they believed the odds were against it. However, he continued by saying that the police have constantly been pointing out that the threat is drawing ever closer, and referenced attacks in Sweden and other Nordic countries, as well as the UK, France and elsewhere.

Haraldur said the terror threat level in Iceland was raised after the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and has not been lowered since. A report on the risk of terrorism by the Office of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police puts Iceland under a moderate threat level. Haraldur said that the latest events did not give any cause to raise the threat level, but that the police were closely monitoring the situation and if anything changed they might need to increase it.

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