The UK Government has issued the highest possible security alert yesterday for British shipping operating off the coast of Yemen amid continuing threat of a terrorist attack from an al-qaeda offshoot in the region.
The Department for Transport raised the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) threat for British shipping to level 3, which is judged “exceptional”. This indicates that credible information suggests that a security threat is “probable or imminent” Security experts said that the move was unprecedented since the ISPS code was introduced in 2004. It came after the United States closed 19 diplomatic missions last week. US security sources insisted the security countermeasures were in response to a potential terrorist plot. Britain, France and Norway have also closed diplomatic premises