Counter Terrorism Blog - 17th July

Counter Terrorism Blog - 17th July

Liege, Belgium terror attack

25th May saw a terror attack on mainland Europe. Two police officers were shot with their own weapons after being attacked by a male with a knife, the attacker also shot and killed a bystander before taking a hostage at a nearby school. Police intervened and brought the incident to a conclusion without further deaths.

The mayor of Liege stated it was an assault on the state of Belgium, adding: "Police were definitely the target of this attack”.

The attacker, on temporary release from prison on drug charges, was said to have been radicalised whilst serving his sentence.

We speak about and warn people about online radicalisation and those who follow extremist propaganda on the dark web. The work carried out by the police and security services continues to bring these websites down, but face to face radicalisation it seems still occurs and this should serve as a reminder of that.


ACT Summer Safety Campaign

Counter Terrorism Policing launched its “Safe Abroad This Summer” campaign, aimed to help protect British citizens from the global terror threat.

As UK schools break up for summer holidays and the travel industry prepares for one of the busiest periods of the year, the UK's most senior counter terrorism officers are asking holidaymakers to play their part by watching a short video on what to do in the unlikely event of an attack.

The video can be found by visiting

The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. It is important that everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.

The key advice is:

  • Run – to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.
  • Hide – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.
  • Tell – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you’re travelling to. For all EU countries it’s 112.


Partnerships for Safer Cities

The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) was formed on a partnership basis between law enforcement, government departments and industry sectors within the UK. Industry Sector Leads (ISLs) have been identified for each industry, with a remit for them to participate in briefing calls and events and cascade “Authoritative, Timely and Accurate” information to their networks. The CSSC initiative builds upon existing and proven networks to provide a means for the police and government to communicate with private sector businesses on safety and security.

Since launching, CSSC Scotland has helped companies prepare for scenarios ranging from counter terrorism, cybercrime, public order events, environmental and transportation issues, to hostile reconnaissance, fraud and security alerts.

Visit for more information

David MacCrimmon, SOC and Counter Terrorism Lead


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