Government Raises Terror Threat for Alpes-Maritimes Department to Highest Level following Knife Attack
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of France. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
02/05/2015 (France) – French authorities on Wednesday, 4 February, stated that the terror threat for Alpes-Maritimes, a department in southeastern France, had been raised to the highest level following a knife attack in its capital, Nice, the previous day. According to press accounts, the measure means that there is “threat of an “imminent attack” and that the government will ensure that necessary resources will be available to boost security in the area.
On Tuesday, a knife-wielding individual from Paris attacked three soldiers outside a Jewish centre in Nice. The security personnel were wounded in the incident, and the assailant was immediately detained. Although authorities have yet to determine if the suspect is linked to a wider militant network, it should be noted that the incident occurred nearly a month after a number of fatal terror-related incidents left at least 17 people dead in greater Paris. The knife attack also followed the release of video by the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on 30 January, with the militant group indicating that France had become the “number one enemy of Islam”.
Those in Alpes-Maritimes should stay abreast of the latest related developments, as well as anticipate potential disruptions resulting from the newly-raised terror threat level. Individuals are advised to exercise heightened vigilance, and immediately report any suspicious object, package, person or activity to relevant authorities.
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