The terror manuals you can find online
Fresh calls for Google to block tips on making DIY bombs
‘These sites need to be removed’
TERROR manuals detailing how to build a ‘fairy light’ bomb were easily available via Google last night.
The vile ‘how to’ guides were accessible despite repeated calls for the internet giant to remove links to the sites.
Fanatics set out step-by-step guides of how to build a bomb similar to the device used on the London Tube yesterday, using fairy lights as a crude detonator.
British Prime Minister Theresa May – who said ‘enough is enough’ after the London Bridge atrocity – will put fresh pressure on Google, Facebook and Microsoft next week, when she and French President Emmanuel Macron host an anti-extremism summit with the internet giants in New York.
Daily Mail journalists were able to find the manuals online within seconds – despite repeated warnings that they have been used to commit terror outrages, and counter-terrorism chiefs saying it is ‘critical’ that would-be terrorists are blocked from accessing them.
The manuals detailed how to use basic household items to make ‘an effective bomb that causes damage to the enemy’ and said followers could use the devices to ‘kill tens of people’.
Last night, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called for Google to be held criminally liable.
He said: ‘Google has amazing software that makes it possible to search for anything. This has made the company billions of pounds; it is shameful that it will not use its technology to root out sites that help evil-doers. I would like to see the company made criminally liable for the result of any terrorist act that it can be shown to have abetted. It must do more to help prevent terror.’
Graham Foulkes, whose 22-yearold son David was killed in the July 7 Tube bombings in 2005, also called on Google to do more to tackle such material.
‘Google has a social and corporate responsibility to work to block these kind of manuals,’ he said. ‘In the last two years we have seen an acceleration of attacks, but there has not been an acceleration in the strategy to prevent them.
‘These sites need to be removed but the Government has backed down from taking action.’
In the hours after the Tube attack in Parsons Green, West London, the Mail used Google searches to find terror guides to building bombs. One guide – published in 2010 and still available online – was authored by a fanatic calling themselves the ‘Al Qaeda chef’. The author wrote: ‘We are conveying to you our military training right into your kitchen to relieve you of the difficulty of travelling to us.
‘All you have to do is enter your kitchen and make an explosive device that would damage the enemy if you put your trust in Allah.’ The site boasted that all the bomb components were readily available and could be bought without arousing suspicion.
Its step-by-step instructions detailed how to use a string of fairy lights as a detonator and how to rig an alarm clock as a timer. Photographs of the Parsons Green device appear to show fairy lights protruding from the bomb and it is understood to have been equipped with a timer.
Downing Street has repeatedly called for internet firms to do more to remove extremist material.
Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi reportedly learnt to construct his bomb via YouTube.
Simon Kempton, counter-terrorism lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: ‘The responsibility is on the internet providers, the hosts, to take down this material if it is clearly a threat to public safety.’
A Google spokesman said last night: ‘We remove links to illegal content from our search results as soon as we’re notified of them. We are committed to working in partnership with governments to tackle these complex problems.’