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2017 May 19

Ice-IS: Foreign Office rules ANTARCTICA is at risk of terror attack from ISIS because of a threat to 'UK interests'

The Foreign Office has ruled Antarctica is at risk of a terror attack from ISIS because of a global threat to 'UK interests'.

Travel guidance on its website warned attacks 'can't be ruled out' in the barren 660,000 sq mile British Antarctic Territory.

Anyone visiting the icy wilderness is urged to be 'vigilant' amid a heightened global threat brought about by 'the conflict in Iraq and Syria'.

The warning has been labelled 'ridiculous' by one security expert.

Foreign Office travel advice for the region says: 'Although there's no recent history of terrorism in the British Antarctic Territory, attacks can’t be ruled out.

'There's 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. You should be vigilant at this time.'

Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan, told The Sun: 'We expect guidance based on intelligence, not a pointless exercise in back-covering - unless I’ve missed the Islamic State Polar Brigade.'

Security expert and former Scotland Yard detective Ian Horrocks said the idea of terror attacks taking place at the South Pole was 'ridiculous'.

The region is by far the largest of the UK's 14 overseas territories and the summer population averages about 250 - mostly made up of scientists and technicians manning research outposts.

Similar advice on terror threat levels is given for Iceland and the Falkland Islands as well as holiday destinations including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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