TERROR attacks in Zambia can’t be ruled out, warns the United Kingdom. According to a summary of its foreign travel advice to its citizens travelling or intending to travel to Zambia, posted on the British High Commission website (www.gov.uk), the UK indicated that there was a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
“Terrorist attacks in Zambia can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners…you should be vigilant at this time,” the UK advised.
The UK further requested its citizens to read more about global threats from terrorism and how to minimise their risk and what to do in the event of an attack. The UK noted that increasingly terrorists look for targets that were not in well-protected places where westerners could be found. The UK revealed that such places include among others bars, restaurants, shops, places of worship, tourist sites and transport networks.
“Significant dates, anniversaries, public holidays, religious festivals and political events have been targeted. Terrorists have also conducted attacks in response to international political or social developments, for example the release of films and cartoons that are considered to be offensive. Terrorist groups continue to use social media to inspire or direct so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks which are difficult to predict and disrupt, and could take place in almost any country,” the UK indicated.
It further noted that terrorists sometimes call for attacks against British interests and those of other countries in social media, publications, and other public messages.
“These calls are often intended to motivate sympathisers to carry out attacks,” the UK added.
The UK also indicated that no country can give an absolute guarantee of security standards at its airports, adding that some airports may be less able to protect against terrorist attacks than others.