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Theresa May Announces Deployment of Military to British Streets

British officials raised the threat level from “severe” to “critical,” indicating an imminent attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon has approved an anti-terror plan to deploy U.K. military forces to British streets on Tuesday.

Following a review and investigation into Monday night’s Manchester bombing, British officials raised the threat level from “severe” to “critical.” The terror threat level indicates the high possibility of an imminent terrorist attack.

“The work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility that we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” May said in a statement.

“The police have asked for authorization from the Secretary of State for Defense to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers,” May continued. “The Secretary of State for Defense has approved this request.”

May said that British armed forces will supplement police forces in guarding “key locations.”

“In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers,” she added.

NBC News reported that British officials took the brother of the suspected suicide bomber into custody earlier on Tuesday.

The intelligence gathering and investigation has continued throughout the day.