UK government warns Brits abroad to be vigilant

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THE UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that the threat of further terrorist attacks in Spain is “likely”.

The official guidance by the UK government advises that “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.” It continues that: “The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”

Despite the warning, the FCO continues adds that “over 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year. Most visits are trouble-free.”

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However, Rob Wainwright, the British civil servant and the director of Europol, warned that “Terrorism at its most simple and brutal. And highly challenging for police to stop. Highest threat in Europe for a generation”.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the UK lead for Counter Terrorism Policing,  likewise said that: “We remain on a heightened state of readiness and are continually reviewing our security arrangements to reflect the threat we are facing.

“We ask that people remain alert, vigilant but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to us at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Simon Manley, the British Ambassador to Spain, extended his wishes, saying that “My thoughts are with the victims. Support to the emergency services and solidarity with #Barcelona. United against terror”.

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