LONDON — British authorities said they are stepping up security at events marking Armed Forces Day across the country amid a news report that officials foiled a bomb attack by the Islamic State group on a military parade in London.
The UK announcement followed attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait on Friday.
The Sun newspaper claimed police foiled an attack on a London parade Saturday after an undercover reporter who obtained details on the plot alerted counter-terrorism officials.
According to the Sun, an IS official told the reporter: “”It will be big. We will hit the (unbelievers) hard, God willing. Hit their soldiers in their own land.”
Police did not confirm the report, saying only that security forces “remain alert to terrorist threats” and that it was “helpful” when journalists share information.
Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters there will be “heightened security” at events paying tribute to Britain’s military. He did not elaborate.
Police said security is also being beefed up for the annual gay pride parade in London Saturday.
Britain’s terrorism threat remains at “severe,” the second-highest level, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.