A top US security chief has warned that Islamic State militants are planning another huge terror attack on the same scale as 9/11. The acting Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States, Elaine Duke, warned that recent attacks involving knives and vehicles were to keep followers of the terror group engaged. But she said that US intelligence suggested extremists are planning an attack involving a big explosion to cause maximum casualties.
She also said it was clear terrorists want to hijack planes to target civilians, mirroring the devastating attack in the US in 2001.
Ms Duke warned of the threat at an event in London (AFP/Getty Images)
The MailOnline reported that Ms Duke, speaking at an event at the US Embassy in London, said: The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11 . They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.
However, in the interim they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots. Referring to a series of recent atrocities in which terrorists have attacked people using knives or vehicles, she said: Creating terror is their goal and so a van attack, a bladed weapon attack, causes terror and continues to disrupt the world but does not mean they ve given up on a major aviation plot.
Her warning comes after MI5 director general, Andrew Parker, said the UK faced its biggest terror threat yet.
Terror threat: Islamic state (AP)
The chief of the normally secretive organisation gave a speech warning that it was taking less time for terrorists to plan attacks as they could exploit safe spaces online to evade detection. And Ms Duke said the internet was providing the means for more home-grown terrorists in the US through the use of propaganda.
She added that one of the biggest threats to the safety of aviation travel was the free movement of goods and people between countries.
What we believe is that because of the movement of goods and people, we have to raise the baseline worldwide, we can t only consider our borders, she said. She said US officials have strong measures in place to prevent another attack but added: Terrorists are strong, they are adaptable and the terrorist threat is the highest it has been since pre-9/11 .
We have got to have every tool that s possible.
Almost 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attack when planes were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
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A former security guard who claims he was sacked from his local Tesco1 after being falsely accused of stealing has spent hours protesting on the store’s roof. Adama Jammeh, 46, from Reading, climbed onto the girders above the checkouts in the Tesco Extra on Thursday night. By 2pm on Friday, he had been up there for more than 20 hours.
The store was evacuated just after 6pm on Thursday after Mr Jammeh, a father-of-two was spotted climbing up to the celing rafters. He has been protesting outside the store for six months
He has been protesting just outside of the Reading West Tesco store since he was fired six months ago. According to the Reading Chronicle, the ex-watchman was the subject of a year-long investigation by Thames Valley Police after he was accused of stealing electronics by Tesco and contractor Total Security Services . Although he was cleared by police, Mr Jammeh said Tesco refused to apologise and reinstate him in his old role.
He has been seen carrying signs reading “Total Security Services LTD & Tesco lied about me” and demanding Tesco CEO Dave Lewis come to the store and explain why he has been fired.
In a Facebook live stream, Mr Jammeh said: “I’ve been protesting here for six months . The Tesco CEO needs to come here and explain to me why I lost my job.
“They told a tribunal they caught me stealing . But why were the police not called ? How come I wasn’t arrested ? There was no evidence.
“I’ve got kids . This affected my whole family.. .
My wife, my mum, my kids: everyone.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident at our Reading West Extra store and are assisting police with the matter.”
A TSS spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident involving a former employee of Total Security Services and are assisting police and Tesco in this matter.”
Thames Valley Police said the incident is ongoing.
A racist shop thief shouted You just bomb the place at a security guard when he was caught stealing buffalo burgers. Jeffrey Carr also said He shouldn t be in this country he should go back to his country during the shocking rant inside an Iceland store, in Newcastle1. A court was told that the 55-year-old, who was described by his own solicitor as Hopeless and helpless at the time, launched the tirade of abuse towards the security guard when he was detained after trying to steal the burgers.
But, when police arrived, they charged him not only with the shop theft but also with a racially aggravated public order offence, charges to which he has now pleaded guilty. During a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates Court2, District Judge Sarah Griffiths said it was astonishing people still used such vile language.
An Iceland store (Image: hinckley times)
Reading through the details of the case, the judge added: He s in a shop and seen by a security guard taking burgers . He s challenged about it and initially just swears at him and says f*** you .
However, later when the police arrived, he makes a comment about the security guard and says he shouldn t even be in this country.
He then says He needs to go back to his country . He shouldn t be here, they just bomb the place . The court was told the offences happened on April 24 this year at an Iceland store in Newcastle.
Giving Carr, of Wilfred Street, Byker, an eight-week community order, with an eight-week curfew, as well as ordering him to pay 85 compensation, District Judge Griffiths said: In this day and age, this behaviour is completely unacceptable.
It s astonishing people still use such language, he should be ashamed . It has to stop.
In a statement, the security guard said: I expect an element of dislike towards me because of my job but I don t appreciate racism. Andy O Hanlon, mitigating, said Carr was now extremely remorseful and apologetic for his actions.
The solicitor added: At the time, he was homeless, hopeless and helpless .
He was drinking to heavily and the most important fact was he was not getting his medication.
He s suffered from mental health issues all his adult life.