Terrorism: Is Edinburgh Safe?

Some Scotland Police Cars Parked on a Jedburgh Castlegate street by Michael Coghlan

Safety concerns have been raised after two people were killed in a London terror attack this weekend.

Three other victims were also stabbed in the incident which took place on London Bridge.

One of those stabbed has since been discharged from hospital while the other two remain in a stable condition.

The attacker was confirmed as Usman Khan, who was previously jailed after a judge imposed an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence for his connections with a terrorist plot in 2012 before being released in 2018.

Khan was shot and killed by police on London Bridge after being reported by local Police that Khan was wearing a fake suicide vest and brandishing two knives.

Terror attacks are rare in the UK and this attack is presumed to be a one-off.

The attack happened just four weeks after the terror threat was downgraded from severe to substantial by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).

With Edinburgh’s Christmas market just opening two weeks ago and the festive period in full swing – do Edinburgh citizens feel safe?

Edinburgh’s Christmas market

After asking people in Edinburgh whether or not they felt terrorism posed a real threat North of the border here are the responses gathered.

Kerr Spanswick, a student, said “I do feel safe… in Edinburgh we are not really under threat.”

Rory Wood is a pharmacist in Edinburgh and is due to attend the street party on Hogmanay. He said “I hadn’t even considered there to be a threat. It [Edinburgh] is not a target like London.”

The last terrorist attack that took place in Scotland was 12 years ago at Glasgow airport.

Two men drove a burning Jeep filled with gas canisters towards the terminal building before crashing and being apprehended.

A terrorist attack seems less likely to happen in Edinburgh than in London and  Police Scotland remind members of the public to “stay alert, not alarmed”.

If members of the public witness any suspicious behaviour they can report it directly to Police Scotland by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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