ASPI’s Peter Jennings says the global threat of Islamic extremism is a “threat that hasn’t gone away”.

It comes as the terrorism threat level in the United Kingdom has been raised from substantial to severe after a suicide bomber activated the device inside a car in front of the Women’s Hospital in the Liverpool city centre.

“And I think with what we have seen in Afghanistan, it’s a threat which in fact may well grow in coming months and years,” Mr Jennings told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“So, I’m not surprised that the British have lifted their terror levels; severe basically means another attack is likely.

“The message for all of us is we might have forgotten this a little bit because of all of the other events taking place around the world but the threat of Islamic extremism has not gone and I think it’s perhaps indeed on the rise.”

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