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Mon, 28 Dec, 2015 12:02:32 AM
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The Finnish Security Police (supo) on Sunday said that Finland is not among the countries which have been issued with a terrorist attack alert following the warning issued by the Austrian police  to a number of European cities, reported Finnish language daily Kaleva.
 
The Vienna police on Saturday warned a number of European cities of attacks which could hap-pen in crowded places before the New Year.
 
“To be precise, the Austrians said that a number of European capital cities faced the threat of ter-rorist attacks. They seemed not to have said in their news that anyone would be warned. This is information based in Austria which we in Finland cannot really assess in anyway,” said Finnish Security Police (supo) superintendent Tuomas Portaankorva.
 
In response to whether the country has been in contact with any security agency in relation to the matter, Portaankorva said that there is no information which would make it necessary for supo to change the current security assessment in the country.
 
In November, supo said that the terrorist threat in the country has increased and diversified than in previous years.
 
“Even though the threat of premeditated terrorist attacks is low, the threat of isolated terrorist attacks has increased in the aftermath of the assessment which was issued by supo in June of 2014. Finns may also be targets of attacks directed against foreign Western countries,” said a statement from supo during the assessment.
 
In Finland, heightened threats are faced by targets representing state and religion. According to supo, perpetrators of attacks could be radicalised individuals or small groups and the attacks could be carried out within a short time span.
 
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