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UK put on high alert over beheading threats on troops

Monitoring by counter-terrorism agencies has picked up “chatter” by jihadists about copying Islamic State (IS) by abducting a target, filming their murder and posting the footage on the Internet, The Times reported. Evidence from recently thwarted plots and intelligence from monitoring suspects has revealed conversations between terrorists in Britain and in Syria about attacking police and soldiers in the UK.

“It’s a valid fear, probably the No 1 fear,” one counter-terrorism source told the newspaper. “Our gun laws make it very hard for them to carry out the sort of attacks that happened in Paris. But we know from Woolwich (south-east London) that the stabbing or beheading attack is easy to do and hard to stop,” he added referring to brutal murder of a British soldier in 2013 by two Islamist extremists.

Soldiers travelling via France have been told not to wear their uniforms, extra armed police have been deployed at sites where troops perform ceremonial duties and commanding officers have been given discretion to advise troops against wearing uniform outside barracks and bases. 


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