There will be increased security at certain events

Thursday, May 25, 2017

“The level of terrorism preparedness in Hungary will not be increased following the terrorist attack in Manchester, but the security of certain events will be handled as a priority”, the Minister of Interior told reporters following his annual report to Parliament’s National Security Committee.

As examples, Sándor Pintér mentioned the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships, the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix and the Sziget music festival. He likened the audience of the latter to that of Monday evening’s concern in Manchester, which was the target of a terrorist attack...

“The Manchester attack also confirms that the terrorist threat in Europe has not diminished, but has increased”, he told reporters, adding that Hungary was however in a lucky situation thanks the fact that the reduction of illegal migration means fewer people who are capable of committing such acts are able to enter the country.

“There is no reason to increase the level of terrorism preparedness in Hungary; the medium level will remain in effect”, Mr. Pintér announced.

On Monday evening, 22 year-old Salman Abedi, who was of Libyan decent but was born and raised in Britain, detonated a bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. 22 people lost their lives and around sixty were injured in the suicide attack. On Tuesday, Great Britain increased its terrorist threat level to its maximum level of “critical”.

(MTI - edited by


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