Terror attacks prompt European response as threat level rises

European nations have reacted to a string of recent terrorist attacks by ramping up their threat levels.

As Austria continued to come to terms  with a series of shooting incidents on Monday evening, in which four civilians and one of the gunmen were killed, other countries have been quick to warn the public of the growing threat.

The attacks followed the death of three people in separate knife attacks in the French cities of Nice and Paris

As the hunt for at least one of the other shooters continued the UK announced it has raised its terrorism threat level to “severe”.

The increase from “substantial” signifies that the UK’s security services now believe that a terrorist attack is highly likely but they do not have a specific threat.

The news was revealed by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in a Tweet on her official Twitter account.

She described the move as a “precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat”.

“The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police,” she added.

Earlier this week French President Emmanuel Macron announced that in the wake of the recent attacks the number of soldiers being deployed to protect public places across the country would significantly increase. Under the new plans announced by President Macron the number of members of the country’s armed forces deployed will leap from 3,000 to 7,000.

Tensions have risen in recent weeks following remarks by President Macron in support of the decision to publish a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed which appeared in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The situation deteriorated further when a cartoon of the Turkish president was also published in the same magazine.

It prompted President Erdogan to advocate a boycott of French goods.