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Ex­trem­ists re­cruit with coded texts

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAN WAR­BUR­TON BY DAN WAR­BUR­TON AND NICOLA SMALL

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. ARMED po­lice poured into a re­spectable street yes­ter­day as the war on ter­ror reached sleepy sub­ur­bia.

Of­fi­cers prob­ing the Lon­don Tube bomb stormed into the home of el­derly Pene­lope and Ron­ald Jones – hon­oured for fos­ter­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren, in­clud­ing war­zone refugees.

Neigh­bours claimed ex­plo­sives were found in their gar­den.

Four hun­dred fran­tic res­i­dents were evac­u­ated – some at a minute’s no­tice – as the op­er­a­tion swung into ac­tion in Sun­bury-on-Thames, Sur­rey.

It came af­ter an 18-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested 100 miles away near the ferry ter­mi­nal in Dover as he tried to flee the UK.

Pene­lope and Ron­ald have six chil­dren of their own. Neigh­bours said two Syr­ian boys had been fos­tered by the cou­ple re­cently and claimed one had been ques­tioned by po­lice ear­lier this month.

Ser­ena Bar­ber, 45, who lives in Cavendish Road, said: “There has been a lot of trou­ble with one of the boys. The other boy was re­ally quiet.”

Ser­ena told of the mo­ment po­lice stormed the street at 1.40pm yes­ter­day. She said: “There was a loud bang on our door. An armed of­fi­cer was there. He gave us two min­utes to get out. It was ter­ri­fy­ing. I left my daugh­ter’s ashes in the house. If any­thing hap­pens I will be heart­bro­ken.”

Sindi Xaba, 26, who was evac­u­ated with her hus­band and son, said: “We were told there were ex­plo­sives in a back gar­den but they didn’t say where. We were told it was close by. It is wor­ry­ing.”

Mo­j­gan Ja­mali was told by po­lice to get out as quick as she could. The mother of three said: “There was a knock at the door from the po­lice.

REEL­ING

“They told me to leave. They said: ‘You have one minute to get out of the house and get away’.

“I just got out, I got my three chil­dren and we left the house and the street.”

Spe­cial­ist po­lice teams were comb­ing the cou­ple’s lilac-painted home and gar­den yes­ter­day.

It is close to the train line to Wim­ble­don, which links di­rectly with the Tube to cen­tral Lon­don, via Par­sons Green – scene of Friday’s Tube at­tack.

Pas­sen­gers were left run­ning in ter­ror af­ter a crude bucket bomb packed with nails and screws ig­nited on the rush-hour ser­vice. The IED – en­cased in a Lidl cool bag – could have un­leashed a deadly blast that would have killed dozens had it fully det­o­nated at 8.20am. It par­tially ex­ploded – send­ing a wall of flame along the car­riage.

Some 30 pas­sen­gers suf­fered burns or other in­juries as they tum­bled out of the train in panic.

Nicola Rider, 43, who lives op­po­site the Sun­bury prop­erty, said: “Po­lice went to the house last week, but I don’t know why.

“Penny and Ron are fan­tas­tic peo­ple, re­ally car­ing. They’ve al­ways been noth­ing but friendly to me. Penny is quite ec­cen­tric.

“She has lilac high­lights in her hair and their house is painted lilac too.”

Other neigh­bours were reel­ing at yes­ter­day’s events. They spoke of Mr and Mrs Jones as a kind and car­ing cou­ple who did all they could to help needy chil­dren.

The cou­ple – both awarded the MBE for ser­vices to fos­ter­ing – have taken in at least 268 chil­dren over the years. They in­clude at least eight refugees from war­zones in Iraq, Eritrea and Syria.

Pene­lope, 71, uses her Face­book page to proudly dis­play some of the chil­dren. One pic­tures shows three teenagers en­joy­ing a cup of tea and smil­ing in­side her home.

And on her Face­book page she even paid trib­ute to the vic­tims of the 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks, writ­ing:

FEARS Im­ages showed armed drone launch TAR­GET Lilac home stormed by cops FOS­TER PAR­ENTS Ron­ald and Pene­lope

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