UPDATE: Suspicious Package In Puerto Banus Not A Bomb – police and the bomb squad closed several roads in Puerto Banus to investigate a suspicious package
UPDATE: Suspicious Package In Puerto Banus Not A Bomb
Police in Puerto Banus closed several roads near Playas del Duque following the discovery of a suspicious package earlier this week. It has now been revealed that the mystery case, which was seen abandoned by the side of the road, contained nothing more threatening than old clothes.
Emergency services are on high alert as the current threat level for terrorist activity on the Costa Del Sol remains at level 4.
Several factors are taken into account by the authorities when determining the threat level. These include:
Available intelligence. It is rare that specific threat information is available and can be relied upon. More often, judgements about the threat will be based on a wide range of information, which is often fragmentary, including the level and nature of current terrorist activity, comparison with events in other countries and previous attacks. Intelligence is only ever likely to reveal part of the picture.
Terrorist capability. An examination of what is known about the capabilities of the terrorists in question and the method they may use based on previous attacks or from intelligence. This would also analyse the potential scale of the attack.
Terrorist intentions. Using intelligence and publicly available information to examine the overall aims of the terrorists and the ways they may achieve them including what sort of targets they would consider attacking.
Timescale. The threat level expresses the likelihood of an attack in the near term. We know from past incidents that some attacks take years to plan, while others are put together more quickly. In the absence of specific intelligence, a judgement will need to be made about how close an attack might be to fruition. Threat levels do not have any set expiry date, but are regularly subject to review in order to ensure that they remain current.
Written by Dave James
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