England’s security forces are in a race to foil an attack on its Queen on VJ Day, and they have only days to go.
British Muslim terrorists are planning to blow up and assassinate the Queen of England next weekend at an event to mark the anniversary of the end of the World War II, and the police and MI5, the British internal security service, are in a frantic race against time to thwart the assassination plot being orchestrated from Syria by the Islamic State (ISIS), the Daily Mail reports.
The Jihadists aim to strike on Saturday by exploding a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the one used at the Boston Marathon attack in 2013, during events in Central London to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – Victory in Japan.
Such an attack, if successful, would cause high casualties and represent the realization of long-held fears of a terror attack by home-based Muslim terrorists, the Mail writes.
Sources have told the Mail that a specific threat was made against the Queen, triggering an urgent review of security arrangements for next weekend’s events. Other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, who is identified in intelligence reports as another possible target, will join Prime Minister David Cameron, assorted dignitaries, more than 1,000 veterans of the Far East campaign and their families, and serving members of the Armed Forces.
With thousands of members of the public expected to line the streets around Whitehall and Westminster Abbey, police fear enormous potential for carnage, the Mail reports.
The UK’s most deadly terror attack occurred on July 7th 2005 when 52 people were killed and more than 700 injured by four suicide bombers who struck on Tube trains and a bus in Central London.
So far, there are no reports of arrests that have been made in the case.
Buckingham Palace spokesman said of the terror plot: ‘It is not something we would comment on.’ A Scotland Yard spokesman declined to comment.
While hundreds of British ISIS followers have left the UK to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, others have been urged to remain in the UK and launch attacks on home soil.
Two months ago, a series of terror manuals providing step-by-step instructions on how to launch ‘lone wolf’ attacks on the UK and the West were circulated online. They gave detailed advice on bomb-making, assassinations and firearms techniques similar to those deployed by terrorists during attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France.
Last month, police chiefs warned officers not to wear their uniforms to and from work as Islamic terrorists were looking to target officers.