- Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:08 PM
London, 6 July 2017 (MIA) - Jihadists called for copycat “lone wolf attacks” of the Manchester Arena bombing, to be carried out at the Wimbledon tennis championships through a pro-IS channel, on an instant messaging service, Telegram, said an intelligence security service on Thursday.
The Wimbledon Championships began Monday and will go on until the men’s final on June 16, which jihadists called for its followers to target.
According to the security service SITE, they shared a map of the venue, as well as suggested a “copycat” attack like the Manchester Arena bombing in May, International Business Times orginally reported, having seen the statement.
The attack, carried out by Salman Abedi, killed 23 and injured 116 more at an Ariana Grande concert. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group and dozens were arrested to make sure that Abedi was not part of a wider network. Police say that while evidence suggests he worked largely independently, they cannot rule out whether Abedi had accomplices.
The UK has been hit by several “lone-wolf” attacks in recent months. Last month, six people were killed on Saturday night when three attackers in a van ran over pedestrians on London Bridge before escaping and stabbing people in pubs at the nearby Borough Market, in what police said were "terrorist incidents".
In March Khalid Masood killed four and injured fifty after plowing his car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge.
The Islamic State group claimed that one of its "soldiers" had carried out the London attack following a call to target countries fighting the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
The famed tennis tournament kicked off Monday with a record number of armed police and steel barriers as preventative measures against future attacks. ik/16:06
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