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Islamic State may use store-bought drones to launch terror attacks at British sporting events

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Unmanned aircraft could also be used to film attacks for propaganda videos

Drones, unmanned aerial devices that can now be commercially purchased by civilians, may be used by Islamist State for terrorist attacks at British sporting events. The sick terror group would use the devices to drop explosives on to playing fields, and use the hovering crafts to film the attacks for propaganda videos, experts say.

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ISIS could easily get its hands on cheap drones, with more than 127,000 being bought and sold on online auction site eBay in the last year alone.

ISIS could easily get its hands on cheap drones, with more than 127,000 being bought and sold on online auction site eBay in the last year alone.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/23/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: ISIS, drone attacks, United Kingdom, explosives


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - European defense chiefs say Islamist State could very well launch a multi-drone attack.

Senior MI5 figures believe ISIS has already tested how much plastic explosives the flying machines can carry. The group has reportedly been experimenting with detonation devices.


"Islamist plotters have been trying to launch a drone-borne bomb attack for some time, as these machines are getting more hi-tech every year," a counter-terrorism source said. 

"They want the spectacular devastation of such a raid, which would cause murder and maiming in a crowd, while filming it for a sick video.

"ISIS is obsessed with re-creating the horror of 9/11 and believes this may be possible by launching a multi-drone attack on large numbers of people in a synchronized attack."

Toy drones, which are popular with amateur photographers, are available from mainstream retailers like Amazon.

An individual machine could carry enough explosives to kill or maim a person if detonated nearby. The effects of a fleet of drones dropping bombs on a crowded area would be bloody and devastating.

Islamist fanatics may eventually target crowds at music festivals and Premier League football grounds for maximum effect.

"There is a genuine threat from Islamists wishing to deliver high explosives by drone to crowded areas. The effects could be devastating," Colonel Richard Kemp, who has advised the U.K. government on terrorism.

ISIS could easily get its hands on cheap drones, with more than 127,000 being bought and sold on online auction site eBay in the last year alone.

Terrorists may attempt to build a copycat drone of their own to avoid having to buy one and potentially raise the suspicions of police and security services.

Most distressingly, ISIS could attempt to buy commercial drones like ones used by the military. These machines would be able to carry enough explosive and shrapnel to kill scores of people in a single attack.

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