Chemical weapon attack nearing likelihood in UK

Britain's Security Minister Ben Wallace has warned that the possibility of a terrorist attack in the UK involving chemical or biological weapons is getting closer.

Speaking to a security conference in London, Wallace said that terrorists are continuing to explore ‘new ways to kill us on our streets’ and that ‘biological weapons are marching in closer’.

Having suffered five attacks that the authorities blamed on terrorism last year, UK police claim that a further 17 plots were foiled. All the while, the national threat level remains at “severe”, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.

Questioned on Wallace’s comments, the UK police lead for counter-terrorism, Neil Basu, said that ‘what’s used on the battlefield will eventually be adapted to be used on domestic soil’, saying that the threat of chemical or biological weapons is something ‘we’ve got to take very seriously’.

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