Al Qaeda terrorists are reportedly plotting to blow up five European passenger planes before Christmas.
According to Daily Express, the warning comes as Whitehall officials admit that a terror strike on the UK is now “almost inevitable” particularly with British jihadists returning from fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
An airport security official reportedly said that they had received a tip-off that five planes were being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas.
After receiving the information, airport security imposed an absolute ban on all hand luggage on planes.
The report said that the plot, known to the authorities since the past two months, is thought to involve Islamists smuggling bombs on to planes bound for major European destinations before Christmas.
On the other hand,
Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) Asif Ibrahim on Sunday said that Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaida are a serious challenge for India.
Moving to Yemen, Al Qaida has claimed it detonated two bombs outside the US embassy in Sana’a, killing several guards, a US-based monitoring group said on Saturday.
In a message on Twitter, Al Qaida’s media branch said its fighters set off the explosive devices at an entrance to the embassy on Thursday night, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
There has been no announcement by US authorities of any attack, and American officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the claim.
The announcement comes three weeks after Al Qaida said it had tried to assassinate US Ambassador Matthew Tueller with two bombs that were discovered minutes before they were to explode.
The devices had been planted outside the house of Yemeni President Abed Rabuh Mansour Hadi and had been intended to explode when Tueller left after a visit there on September 8, Al Qaida said.
Yemen is a key US ally in the fight against Al Qaida, allowing Washington to conduct a longstanding drone war against the group on its territory.
The United States considers Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to be the most dangerous arm of the militant organisation.
AQAP was born out of a 2009 merger of its franchises in Al Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden’s native Saudi Arabia and his ancestral homeland in Yemen.
The group has exploited instability in impoverished Yemen since a 2011 uprising forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
“Security scenario in north-eastern area is still fragile,” Ibrahim added.
Indian government was concerned about the youngsters who were getting drawn to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Rajnath had admitted that the extremist organization posed a clear and present danger to India.
“There are some misguided youth who are getting attracted to join organisations like the ISIS. We are concerned about the youngsters who are getting drawn to IS. We cannot take Al-Qaeda’s threat of turning India into an Islamic country lightly and should consider it a challenge,” Singh had said at the conference.
Earlier on Saturday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had sent Arif Majeed, one of four youths who had gone to Iraq and is a suspected ISIS recruit, under custody till December 8.
Another Indian national Harjit Masih had on Friday, escaped captivity after being held by ISIS militants.
One of my respected followers sent me this:
I just called Heathrow airport and there is NO ban on hand luggage in force. It is important that if we are to defeat these evil people that we deal in truth.