Ex­trem­ists re­cruit with coded texts

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY DAN WARBURTON

TER­ROR­ISTS are send­ing en­crypted on­line mes­sages urg­ing lone-wolf ji­hadis to carry out atroc­i­ties across the UK.

ISIS fa­nat­ics use the in­stant mes­sag­ing site Tele­gram to en­cour­age ex­trem­ists and share ter­ror­ist man­u­als. They warned an at­tack in Lon­don was im­mi­nent 36 hours be­fore the Par­sons Green ex­plo­sion.

They posted a draw­ing of Big Ben seen through a sniper’s crosshairs, with the words: “Lon­don, this is just the be­gin­ning”.

The cap­tion said, “Soon, on Is­lamic State me­dia chan­nels”, pos­si­bly sug­gest­ing that West­min­ster was the in­tended tar­get for Fri­day’s at­tack. In the run-up to the Par­sons Green bomb­ing, one chan­nel hosted how-to videos for mak­ing ex­plo­sives, with one ap­pear­ing to show how to make the Mother of Satan de­vice used in the at­tack.

Other images sent re­cently show ji­hadis about to launch an armed drone in a uniden­ti­fied city while an­other is of Tower Bridge in flames. Ter­ror­ists were ac­tive on Tele­gram just be­fore Khalid Ma­sood’s car and knife at­tack in West­min­ster in March.

FEARS Images showed armed drone launch

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