London and Paris Hit Again
Islamic State Issues More Threats
June 10, 2017
Between June 3-7, the following related Flash messages to
were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
6/7 – Islamic State media channels warn followers to stay clear of Crusader gathering places as they are targeted for attacks. See email for full message content.
6/6 – ISIS social media channels threatening new attacks in Australia, saying the country “will pay for it’s participation in the war against Islam.” Vigilance urged.
6/6 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of gunfire at/near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Heavy police presence. Area on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.
6/5 – Islamic State issues new threat to the UK: “Just terror is our way of bringing the flames of war to you. We will continue to terrorize you and ruin your lives.”
6/5 – ISIS media group states jihadists are now in France. Threatens new attacks beginning in 7 days if their 8 pages of assorted demands are not met. Monitoring…
6/4 – The Islamic State has formally claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terror attack in London that killed 7 and critically injured 21.
6/3 – If you are concerned for family / friends in London, the Metropolitan Police have released numbers for their Casualty Bureau: 0800 096 1233 / 020 7158 0197
6/3 – DHS releases statement regarding ongoing terror incident in the United Kingdom. See your email for the full text of their message.
6/3 – Security incr at major public gathering places in NYC, Washington DC and other large cities in resp to latest London attack. Expect delays, bag checks, etc..
6/3 – London Metropolitan Police urging those in the London Bridge, Borough Market and High street areas to stay indoors with windows closed due to ongoing threat.
6/3 – AlertsUSA monitoring parallel attacks happening in London: Vehicular attack on/near London Bridge, gunfire /stabbings @ Borough Market. More info forthcoming.
What You Need To Know
On 19 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most pressing for this issue, last Saturday evening subscribers were informed of reports of a vehicular attack and gunfire on the London Bridge and Borough Market area of central London. In this incident, a rented utility van was used to intentionally plough into pedestrians on the famed bridge. Once the van crashed to a stop, three men jumped out, ran down the street and began attacking random revelers with knives and other edged weapons in pubs and restaurants in the Borough Market area. Within minutes all three were shot dead by police.
Multiple witnesses report that the three assailants were screaming “This is for Allah” during the attack and all three were wearing belts with canisters attached, having the appearance of suicide vests. London Metropolitan police report the bombs were fake, though homemade petrol bombs were found inside of the utility van. In total, seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack.
London Metropolitan Police report the leader of the trio, Khuram Butt, age 27, of east London, was a Pakistani refugee and well known to law enforcement and intelligence agencies for his radical ideology. His two cohorts were of Moroccan descent, one of whom was arrested in Italy approximately one year ago on his way to Syria, but still managed to gain entry into Britain.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the incident via their Aamaq news agency, stating that “A detachment of fighters from the Islamic State carried out the London attacks.”
On Tuesday AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of reports of shots fired near the Notre-Dam cathedral in Paris. In this incident, a 40 year old Algerian doctorate student named Farid Ikken walked up to a police officer, pulled out a hammer and struck the officer in the head while yelling “This is for Syria” in French. He was immediately shot in the chest by a second police officer. French media outlets report that after being shot, the assailant told police he was “a soldier of the caliphate.” A search of his backpack revealed multiple long kitchen knives.
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a range of new threats issued by the Islamic State via various social media outlets. Targets of these threats include Australia, the UK, and France (see related graphics here and here). Of particular note, on Wednesday, the Islamic State broadcast a warning to all Muslims in America, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Australia and elsewhere outside of the Caliphate to stay clear of Crusader gathering places as they are targeted for attacks.
Also this week, new Islamic State propaganda widely circulating through social media outlets clearly encourages the targeting of police.
As AlertsUSA / Threat Journal warned last week, 2016’s month of daytime fasting and prayer was the bloodiest in recent history. Attacks included a massive suicide bombing in Baghdad that killed nearly 300 people, an Istanbul airport attack that killed 45, and a shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49.
Readers are again urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and increased security awareness when out an about, and in particular, when present at large public gatherings and other soft targets.
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
6/9 – US Embassy Saudi Arabia issues new warning to Americans urging caution and vigilance in places frequented by foreigners due to risk of terrorist attacks.
6/8 – AlertsUSA monitoring poss vehicular attack at Columbia and 18th St. NW, Adams Morgan area of DC. 2 officers and 1 pedestrian struck. Add’l alerts as warranted.
6/8 – Explosive device thrown into U.S. Embassy compound, Kiev, Ukraine. No immediate reports of injuries. AlertsUSA monitoring…
6/7 – Police have carried out at least one controlled explosion after being alerted to two unattended vehicles near the US embassy in London. AlertsUSA monitoring.
6/5 – State Dept. issues Hurricane / Typhoon Season travel alert. Urges preps if in storm-prone regions and careful planning if traveling to these areas.
6/5 – Orlando shooting incident near University Blvd & Forsyth Road. Situation contained, but heavy police presence and multiple road closures. Avoid the area.
6/5 – Orange Co. Sheriff rpts multiple fatality incident at an unnamed business in Orlando, FL. Limited information currently available. AlertsUSA monitoring…
6/4 – AlertsUSA monitoring increasingly tense anti-Trump protests in @Chapman Square, Portland, OR. Police anticipate nighttime violence. Add’l alerts as warranted.
6/3 – Explosions reported at a Juventus fanzone in Turin, Italy during Real Madrid Champions League final. Dozens of injuries reported. Monitoring..
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