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Slovakia declares first-level terrorism threat alert

The Slovak Interior Ministry declared a first-level terrorism threat alert in Slovakia on September 1, even though the country is not at risk of a direct terrorist threat. The declaration takes place as part of the regulation signed in February, based on which the country has to announced the first level of terrorism threat alert as of September 1. The minister will not cancel the first level, the SITA newswire reported on August 30.

The Slovak Interior Ministry declared a first-level terrorism threat alert in Slovakia on September 1, even though the country is not at risk of a direct terrorist threat. The declaration takes place as part of the regulation signed in February, based on which the country has to announced the first level of terrorism threat alert as of September 1. The minister will not cancel the first level, the SITA newswire reported on August 30.

“The first, low level is the basic level of terrorist threat,” said Peter Lazarov from the communication department of the Interior Ministry, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “It is declared when there is no information from abroad on a terrorist threat targeting the Slovak Republic, its citizens or interests.”

This state is also declared in the event of the threat of a terrorist attack in one or more countries belonging to the EU and NATO that is outside of Slovakia and has no connection with Slovakia.

“Alternatively, in the case that only a weak effort or intention to plan, prepare and execute a terrorist attack on Slovak soil against the Slovak Republic, its citizens or interests is detected,” Lazarov added, as quoted by TASR.

There are four levels of terrorist threats, drafted by the Interior Ministry in accordance with EU-member states. The first-low level is followed by the second (increased), third (high) and fourth (critical) levels, TASR wrote.

Source: SITA, TASR

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