Al-Qaeda calls for ‘lone wolf’ attacks on UK airlines

Al-Qaeda is ramping up the stakes in the race to be the premier Islamic terror organisation.

ISIS has seriously dented their mosque cred but they are now suggesting to lone wolf terrorists to go and attack prominent British targets like British Airways, EasyJet and praising recent terror attacks.

Police and security services are investigating an Al-Qaeda magazine which calls for ‘lone wolf’ terrorists to blow up easyJet and British Airways planes using bombs made in their kitchens.

The chilling and widely-reported call to arms says high-profile airlines should be targeted in a bid to gain headlines and ‘crush the enemy’s economy’.

Released on Christmas Eve, the disturbing publication names British Airways because it is the ‘flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom’ and the largest airline by number of planes.

Budget carrier easyJet is equally targeted because it ‘is a low cost carrier, hence has a large number of passengers.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are aware of this publication and the police and security agencies are taking appropriate action. National security and protecting the public is our priority.

‘Our comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy includes measures to remove terrorist material hosted online, prevent radicalisation and protect the UK from acts of terrorism.’

Also targeted in the publication, which is called Inspire and has been widely reported by news outlets around the world, are Air France and U.S. carriers American Airlines, United and Delta alongside high-profile U.S. figures Bill Gates and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.

Continental Airlines is also singled out despite the fact that it stopped flying planes under its name two years ago after merging with United to form United Continental Holdings.   

The English language magazine praises Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called ‘underpants bomber’ who was jailed for life in 2012 after he tried to bomb a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The 300 people on board were saved partly because the bomb sewn into his underwear failed to detonate fully, prosecutors said at the time.

The latest edition has been published four years after the first issue of Inspire contained a notorious explosives guide called Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.

The guide was suspected to have been the template for explosives which killed three and injured more than 250 in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Its author was dubbed the ‘Al-Qaeda chef’, and an extremist assuming the same name was interviewed in the new edition as it claimed the Boston attacks were a ‘natural reaction’ to the ‘arrogance’ of the U.S.

He said the ‘first priority’ for any of his terrorists would be the U.S., ‘then the United Kingdom, then France and so on.’

And he called for the rise of the ‘lone wolf’ jidahist, saying: ‘It is hard to uncover, because none knows him but Allah. He has no relationship with any group or any individuals.’

The magazine also praised a violent axe attack on a group of New York city policemen in October as a ‘splendid’ example of a ‘lone wolf’.

U.S. Navy veteran Zale Thompson was shot dead in the street after the brutal hatchet attack, which the FBI confirmed last month it was considering as an act of terror.

FBI director James Comey said Thompson had been watching Islamic State beheading videos and other radical jihadist material online, adding there is ‘no doubt that played a role’ in the attack.

‘There is no doubt it was terrorism,’ he added.

Is anyone in any doubt that Islamic terror organisation are actually serious and in need of eradication not hugs and cuddles?

– Daily Mail

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