Portugal’s police forces are described as on Grade 4 (moderate) terrorist alert following an announcement published online last week by a pro-Al Qaeda group inciting supporters to carry out Lone Wolf attacks in Western Europe.
Says tabloid Correio da Manhã, “Portugal is taking the threat seriously”.
Spain’s interior ministry has also sent out a communiqué to its police forces.
The threat comes from a group called Al-Malahem Media, says CM. It called on supporters to kill police agents by infiltrating protests – and offered a bitcoin worth over €50,000 to whoever manages this first.
Says CM, the PSP has sent out an alert to all uniformed agents “reiterating the necessity for uniformed police to be conscious of the threat by reinforcing measures of self-protection”.
The PJ is said to be ‘analysing the threat’ while SEF (Serviços de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) inspectors and GNR are still watching border points of entry into national territory from Spain.