April 19, 2018

UK cities at risk of BOXING DAY terror attack – and what to do if ISIS strikes

BRITISH revellers hoping for a Boxing Day bargain could be at risk of an Islamic State (ISIS) terror attack.

With the day after Christmas set to draw thousands out of their turkey-filled stupor onto the UK’s high streets, fears have been raised over crazed jihadis taking out a Paris-style attack.

A terror expert has warned Christian-hating ISIS – also called Daesh – supporters could be plotting to use the festive day to send out a devastating message.

It comes as MI5 has put the UK terror threat from international terrorism at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Will Geddes, head of global security firm International Corporate Protection, believes the ever-increasing cuts to Britain’s security services are putting Britons even more at risk of an attack – and Boxing Day would provide the ideal situation for the terrorists.

Mr Geddes said: “I don’t think Christmas Day will be a target for ISIS, even though it’s a Christian holiday, because there won’t be big crowds which is what they want for maximum impact.

“But Boxing Day could be as lots of people will be out for the sales in cities across the UK, all gathered in big crowds.”

Unlike other terrorist organisations which have come before, such as al-Qaeda and the Provisional IRA, it is hard to predict what ISIS will or will not do, he said, but crowded places on a poignant day are a target.

The leading counter-terrorism specialist praised the number of attacks the British security services have foiled but said the constant cuts by the Government to policing and security staff levels will begin to affect how much Britons are protected.

He said: “We’re not going to see the end of this threat by the end of this decade.

“A lot of the time you’re looking at the radicalised individual, not just groups, which is very difficult to deal with.

“If you look at the number of successful times attacks have been prevented it’s impressive – it amounts to one a day this year.

“We have to be grateful for how well our security services are doing but it won’t be their fault if their funding is slashed but the public will no doubt suffer than.”

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