London’s Khan Calls Security Meeting to Discuss Terrorism Threatby
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called a meeting of security and local-government officials to discuss the terrorism threat faced by the capital and ensure authorities are as prepared as possible to respond to any potential attacks.
The “London at Critical” meeting on Monday, which is closed to the public, is one of a number of regular meetings between London’s businesses, government officials and the capital’s Metropolitan Police force to oversee counter-terrorism strategy, Khan’s office said in an e-mailed statement.
“The mayor’s top priority is keeping Londoners safe, and partnership working is vital to ensure a fast, effective and streamlined multiagency response in the event of a terrorist attack,” the deputy mayor for policing and crime, Sophie Linden, said in the statement. “As well as ensuring our uniformed services are prepared for all scenarios, we are also working closely with the police and local communities to root out extremism, stop the spread of vile ideologies and encourage the integration of communities across the capital.”
The threat level from international terrorism has been set at “severe,” the second-highest level on a five-step scale, by the government since August 2014. European nations have been on edge recently after four attacks in a week in Germany and the deadly attack on a crowd in Nice, southern France, that has been claimed by Islamic State.