ISIS claims responsibility for London Bridge attack – just as terrorists are being wiped off Telegram en masse
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the stabbing attack on London Bridge. The claim comes even as the terrorist group’s propaganda is being wiped off messaging apps.
The terrorist organization laid claim to the knife rampage on Saturday, according to SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks extremist groups’ online presence. While IS has been known to claim responsibility for ‘lone-wolf’ terrorist attacks worldwide, SITE Director Rita Katz noted that the attack “bore IS-inspired hallmarks,” and suggested on Friday that the group’s claim may be delayed.
BREAKING:#ISIS claims #LondonBridgeAttack via #Amaq- calling perp an "Islamic State fighter," despite comm. setbacks. The claim itself is not surprising, as the attack bore IS-inspired hallmarks-though coming only 1 day after shows cont'd media capabilityhttps://t.co/13AT9R2GrWpic.twitter.com/tCt3suZypS— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) November 30, 2019
There is, however, no evidence to support the claim from what the UK police have so far shared with the public.
The claim was broadcast through the group’s Amaq News Agency, a propaganda outlet that disseminates its message through apps like Telegram. Just one week before the attack, Europol announced that it had successfully removed “a significant portion of key actors within the IS network” from the platform.
The coordinated effort saw the jihadist-linked accounts being removed from Telegram “at an impressive pace” in the days ahead of the London attack, Katz said. She added, however, that the group has already attempted to migrate to other, less popular messengers to try and dodge the police banhammer.Also on rt.com Beyond rehabilitation: Terrorists get a second chance, while their victims get none
The 28-year-old London attacker, Usman Khan, stabbed five people near London Bridge on Friday, killing two. He was restrained by members of the public and shot dead by police officers. Khan – who wore a fake suicide vest during the rampage – had previously been jailed for a 2010 plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange and set up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, but was released on parole last December.
According to various British media outlets, Khan had been seen around 2007 by former classmates preaching radical Islam on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent, under the black flag of IS. Though IS in its current form did not exist at the time, the group’s infamous ‘Black Standard’ has been flown by Islamic terrorist groups since the 1990s, including the Al-Qaeda affiliates linked to Khan’s 2010 terror plot.
“I had to do a double take when I saw him in town shouting and preaching about Allah – he had the black IS flags on a table,” a former classmate told the Mirror.Also on rt.com ‘Important to know if it really took place’: Bashar Assad doubts Al-Baghdadi’s death again, says ISIS ‘made by Americans’
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