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Claims Islamic State prepared for 'lone wolf' attacks in UK

World War II victory commemorations involving the royal family are said to be among the potential targets.

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BRITISH JIHADI FIGHTERS trained in Syria are ready to carry out “lone wolf” attacks in the UK, it was claimed today.

Sky News reports that Islamic State bombers have identified this weekend’s World War II victory commemorations in London involving the royal family among its potential targets.

Using fake online profiles, an undercover reporter with the British news outlet is said to have learned that the Islamic State (IS) already has a number of trained bombers living in the UK.

The reporter was sent terror guidebooks, including advice on making weapons, by British couple Junaid Hussain and Sally Jones, now senior IS recruiters based in Syria.

The strategy is believed to be part of a new IS policy that encourages British and European jihadis to carry out attacks at home instead of travelling to Iraq or Syria.

A Sky reporter also travelled to Turkey to meet a man who claimed to oversee the training of foreign jihadis for missions outside IS territory.

Over the weekend, the Mail on Sunday reported that authorities had undertaken an emergency review of security for the London victory ceremonies after learning of a potential risk to the lives of several royal family members.

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Police response

In a statement earlier today, Scottish police said they are working with their counterparts in London to assess the threat posed by this latest report of potential terrorist activity.

The Metropolitan police’s specialist operations unit said it remains “alert to terrorist threats that may manifest here or where individuals overseas may seek to direct or inspire others to commit attacks in and against the UK”.

“The UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe,” it said.

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