LONDON: Soldiers were being deployed to key sites in Britain on Wednesday to prevent attacks after the terror threat level was raised to its highest level following a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the threat level was now considered “critical”, meaning an attack may be imminent.
Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.
The bombing wounded 59 people. Some have life-threatening injuries.
“This is a fast moving investigation and we continue to have significant resources in place,” Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling of Greater Manchester Police said.
“Raising the threat level to critical … will support our ongoing operation,” he said in a statement.