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UK Police Chief : Islamic State Planning ‘Spectacular’ Attack

The Islamic State is likely planning “spectacular” attacks against the UK according to the head of counter-terrorism policing, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.

The Islamic State has long called on supporters abroad to carry out attacks on the West, but police officers now suspect the group will try to move beyond that and carry out more sophisticated attacks.

“In recent months we've seen a broadening of that – much more plans to attack Western lifestyle, and obviously the Paris attacks in November," Rowley said.

"Going from that narrow focus on police and military as symbols of the state to something much broader. And you see a terrorist group which has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks – not just the types that we've seen foiled to date."

Last year saw the highest number of terrorism arrests on record, 339, Rowley told reporters in London.  

The official threat level in the UK is currently ranked at “severe.” 

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