290 Fatalities and over 500 injured in the terror attacks against churches and hotels on 21 April…
The Sri Lankan government has announced that the suicide bombers who attacked the churches and hotels in Colombo, and elsewhere on the 21 April, were from a Sri Lankan based Islamist group known as the NTJ. Significantly, the government has admitted receiving prior warning of attacks some two and a half weeks earlier, and again only ten minutes before the attcacks, but no preventative actions were taken.
The lesson for all of us is that reliable information and intelligence must never be ignored. Here at Corps Consult, we are constantly ‘banging the drum’ of the need for Security, and indeed non-security personnel, to report all and any suspicious activity, and behaviour, in real-time…
Once again we repeat the message that terrorists rarely carry out such attacks without first visiting and/or surveilling their targets. As a consequence, spotting and identifying ‘hostile reconnaissance’ is of paramount importance in any security programme.
It is also vital that measures are in place to alert the police via 999 calls (not 101) or panic alarms in real time.
Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo after the attacks…
The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is now assessed as: SEVERE
The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is set at MODERATE
In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE
- CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
- SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
- SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
- MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely
Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on: 0800 789 321
You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…
The following telephone numbers may be useful:
Corps Security Central Support: 0141 847 2044
Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516
Editor: Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI