Ter­ror group urges all-out war on West

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ELLEN WHINNETT in Lon­don

IS­LAMIC State has called on its sup­port­ers to launch an “all­out war’’ on the West, four days af­ter the Manch­ester bomb­ing.

Po­lice, who have ar­rested 13 peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the bomb­ing, which killed 22 peo­ple and in­jured 116, said they had rounded up some of the “key play­ers’’ in what they sus­pect is a so­phis­ti­cated ter­ror cell with in­ter­na­tional links.

The ji­hadist group has posted a video on YouTube ra­tio­nal­is­ing the at­tack on teenagers and chil­dren and urg­ing its sup­port­ers to use the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madan, which started yes­ter­day, to wage ter­ror.

“Mus­lim broth­ers in Europe who can’t reach the Is­lamic State lands, at­tack them in their homes, their mar­kets, their roads and their fo­rums,’’ it said, as the UK re­mained on crit­i­cal ter­ror alert.

Re­mark­ing on the sui­cide bomb­ing by Bri­tish-born Sal­man Abedi, 22, the group said: “Do not de­spise the work. Your tar­get­ing of the so-called in­no­cents and civil­ians is beloved by us and the most ef­fec­tive, so go forth and may you get a great re­ward or mar­tyr­dom in Ra­madan.”

Sixty-six peo­ple are still in hospi­tal as a re­sult of the at­tack, 23 in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

West­ern gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, are brac­ing for a po­ten­tially deadly Ra­madan pe­riod, with a sim­i­lar call to arms last year re­sult­ing in in­creased ter­ror ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing the mur­der of 49 peo­ple at a gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida, and the bomb­ing of the main air­port in Istanbul, Turkey, which claimed 45 lives.

Ex­trem­ists armed with ma­chine­guns at­tacked a bus in Egypt, killing 26 Chris­tians, on the first day of Ra­madan yes­ter­day

The UK’s top counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cer, Scot­land Yard’s Mark Row­ley, said po­lice were pleased with the progress be­ing made, as they de­tained 11 peo­ple in con­nec­tion with Mon­day’s bomb­ing.

Abedi’s broth­ers Is­mail, 23, and Hashem, 20, and fa­ther Ra­madan, 51, have both been de­tained in Libya.

“We are happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key play­ers,’’ As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Row­ley said.

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