British troops in UK ordered not to wear uniforms outside of their bases
The British army on Wednesday ordered its troops in the UK not to wear their uniforms while outside their bases due to concern that they will be attacked or abducted. The order was released immediately after a security-related incident at Aldershot garrison in Hampshire, southern Britain, in which several people in a Renault Clio followed a civilian working at one of the bases in the area, and then tried to attack and abduct him. The man escaped, wrote down the license plate of the vehicle and contacted the police. Two weeks ago, two men with a knife tried to abduct a soldier serving at Marham airbase in eastern Britain as he was jogging outside the base at night, but they fled after the soldier struggled with them. They were described as having Middle Eastern appearances. The order not to wear uniforms, including while traveling to or from the bases, sparked a wave of angry responses on social networks, with many calling the step a surrender to terror.