ISIS on Manchester Attack: ‘We Killed Your Children’
May 27, 2017
Between May 11-12, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
5/22 (a) – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of two explosions at Manchester Arena (UK). Heavy police presence. Avoid the area.
5/22 (b) – Greater Manchester Police rpt multiple confirmed fatalities and many injuries at arena incident. Trains blocked at Victoria Station beneath arena. Avoid Area.
5/22 (c) – AlertsUSA reminds subscribers of Europe Travel Alert issued by State Dept on May 1. Caution and vigilance urged if you are heading abroad for the holidays.
5/22 (d) – Law enf presence increasing at public venues, transport hubs and other soft targets across Britain over concern of follow-on attacks. Expect delays.
5/22 (e) – 19 confirmed dead, 50+ injured in Manchester attack. Explosive device packed with shrapnel. ISIS claims responsibility, promises more attacks.
5/22 (f) – US Embassy London issues emerg message to US citizens in the UK. Urges heeding guidance from local auth, “strongly encourages” calling home to concerned family.
5/22 (g) – DHS issues stmt urging US citizens to maintain security awareness and to expect incr security in and around public venues and events. See email for full stmt.
5/23 (h) – Britain’s MI5 Security Service has raised the terror threat level in the UK to CRITICAL, meaning an attack is expected imminently. Caution and vigilance urged.
5/23 (i) – Security increasing at nuclear power facilities across the UK in response to an unspecified threat. Add’l alerts as warranted.
5/25 (j) – ISIS propaganda video showing scenes of Las Vegas has appeared online. Fed, state and local law enforcement on heightened alert. AlertsUSA monitoring..
5/25 (k) – AlertsUSA monitoring lockdown of Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. Unspecified threat. Heavy armed police presence. Avoid the area.
5/25 (l) – Islamic State releases new call for attacks on the infidels in West and Gulf regions during the holy month of Ramadan (5/26 – 6/24). Add’l alerts as warranted.
What You Need To Know
On 15 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security threats. Most pressing for this report, beginning Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of reports of explosions at Manchester Arena in Britain. In this incident, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device he carried in a backpack filled with nails and other shrapnel in the foyer of the venue just as a sold-out pop singer’s concert was concluding and the audience was exiting. 22 people were killed and 64 seriously injured in the attack. This death toll expected to climb as more than a dozen are still hospitalized in grave condition.
Crime scene forensics have identified the explosive used in the attack as T.A.T.P., or triacetone triperoxide, which takes the form of a white crystalline powder and has a detonation velocity in excess of fifteen thousand feet per second. Highly unstable, the substance can explode if subjected to heat, friction, or shock, earning it the nickname “Mother of Satan. (Watch this short video demo) As a non-nitrogenous explosive, TATP is difficult to detect and can be prepared from common chemicals. Given these key features, the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have used TATP in terror attacks around the globe for years. In addition, both the Islamic State and al Qaeda have openly published the recipe, and designs for bombs based on the substance.
According to Congressman Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, this is the same explosive used in both the March 2016 attack in Brussels and the November 2015 attacks in Paris.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Manchester incident, saying that a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the attack at a gathering of “crusaders.”
British security services have raised the nation’s terror threat level to CRITICAL, indicating a belief that additional attacks are imminent. Thousands of heavily-armed British soldiers have been deployed across the country to supplement regular law enforcement. For the first time in history, British Special Operations Forces are actively carrying out raids alongside regular police in an effort to rapidly roll up the Manchester bomber’s support network.
It is important to note that British authorities do not believe that the bomber was the actual bomb maker and that more explosive devices may be in play.
Few mainstream media outlets are reporting an increase in security at British nuclear power facilities, which may be the result of the fact that the Manchester bomber’s mother is a nuclear scientist who graduated at the top of her class at Tripoli University.
The State Department is reminding American citizens of the Europe-wide travel alert issued May 1st and of the absolute need to maintain a high level vigilance and increase security awareness when traveling anywhere in Europe this summer.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans in the U.S. to remain vigilant and to maintain increased security awareness in and around public venues and events over the Memorial Day weekend.
In related news, federal, state and local authorities are also keeping a close eye on Las Vegas following last week’s release of a 44-minute video by the Islamic State showing footage of the strip, along with images from other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C..
Additionally, late this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a new call by the Islamic State for followers to wage all out war on the infidels in West and Gulf regions during the holy month of Ramadan, which began Friday at sundown and runs through the 24th of June.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
5/20 – Leftist protest group ‘March For Truth’ announces anti-Trump demonstrations in 50+ cities on Sat, June 3rd. Violence expected. See email for additional details.
5/22 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac of Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg, Sweden following disc of abandoned bag containing explosives. Add’l alerts as warranted.
5/24 – US Embassy Cairo warning Americans in country of unspecified terror threat suggesting some type of action tonight. Urges vigilance & sound security practices.
5/25 – Hurricane season begins June 1. NOAA states 2017 Atlantic hurricane season most likely to have above normal activity. Coastal residents urged to prep early.
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World News Roundup
May 27, 2017
Other Developments We Are Following
Something Is Deeply Wrong in the U.S. Intelligence Community
Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure
Officials: the ‘Right’ Number of B-21 Stealth Bombers Is 165
Missile Defense Needs to Address New Threats
The DoD Needs “Second Strike Capability” in the Space and Cyber Arenas
FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties
How America Could End Up in an Unexpected War with China
US to attempt first ICBM intercept test
G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda
Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats; Moscow blasts move
UK police say they’ve arrested some key players behind Manchester bombing
More than 60,000 migrants reach Europe by sea in 2017.
Russia’s Putin drafts new rearmament program
Russia’s 5th gen fighter jets to start arriving for troops in 2019
We are wide awake’ — Russian defense chief on US threat from space
Russia sends military satellite into orbit for missile warnings
Long-neutral Sweden beefs up military defenses to face Russia threat
Pentagon to deploy eight additional interceptor missiles in Alaska
Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence
Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in central Egypt.
Egypt hits Libya training bases with airstrikes after attack on Christian Coptics
Iran says has built third underground missile factory
US Lawmakers warn: Iran wants military base in Syria near Israel
US Increases Contacts With Russia to Avoid Conflict Over Syria
Kim’s rocket stars – The trio behind North Korea’s missile program
U.S., Japan agree to enhance North Korea sanctions
China tightened border controls with North Korea
Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea’s nuclear program
Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea
Philippines army battles IS-linked group in southern city
Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State ‘invasion’.
Conflict rages in Thailand’s south
China slams U.S. operations in South China Sea.
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Travel Security Update
The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings
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Additional Sources of Travel Guidance
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