Manchester Attack Raises U.K. Threat Level To Critical

by Maria Lisella
Manchester Attack Raises U.K. Threat Level To Critical

Security is expected to be increased at Heathrow. Photo:

As mourners hold memorials and vigils for the victims killed at the Manchester Arena in England, the threat of terrorism has ratcheted up security not only in the U.K., but in public spaces across the U.S. and around the world.

Manchester was the site of the Monday night bombing of the Manchester Arena foyer that links with Manchester Victoria train station as the Ariana Grande concert ended and thousands of parents, teens and tweens were making their way home.

Manchester Airport was still receiving normal service but Manchester Victoria Station remains closed today. In a precautionary move, Heathrow Airport drafted 450 troops to provide extra security today amid fears of a terrorist attack.

The Ministry of Defense said troops would remain at Heathrow "for as long as the Metropolitan Police requires our assistance.”

Armored vehicles were visible at the main entrance to the airport as well as outside terminals. Similarly, security was beefed up at transportation hubs throughout London.

Scotland Yard issued this statement: "From time to time it is necessary to raise levels of security activity. We think it is prudent to do so now.”

Travelers should expect disruptions and will also be aware of extra security at popular attractions such as Kensington Palace and the Tower of London. According to Parliament’s website, tours of the Houses of Parliament have been canceled through Friday.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo said that the state will step up security following the Manchester attack. Public areas like Times Square, and other "soft targets" as well as international airports across the country have beefed up security in reaction to the event in England.

Mayor Buddy Dyer, whose city of Orlando is still coping with the aftermath of a night club attack which killed 49 people, said on Twitter that his city "stands in solidarity with the people of the UK."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel released this statement: "This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to work with our British friends against those who plan and execute such inhuman acts. I assure the people in Britain: Germany stands by your side.”

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