Extremists recruit with coded texts
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