Members of ISIS terrorist group in Syria tried to encourage an undercover BBC journalist to target London Bridge, a year before eight people lost their lives in an ISIS-inspired attack on the area, MEE reported.
ISIS recruiters used message services, including WhatsApp, Telegram and Surespot, to call for terror attacks on London Bridge and Westminster. They also gave instructions for the journalist to launch an attack alone or in a group.
They shared part of a “terrorist tutorial” on the so-called dark web with the journalist.
The undercover journalist used Twitter to make his initial contact with ISIS through the terrorist group’s recruiter Junaid Hussain, as part of the BBC investigation.
The journalist continued contacts with other ISIS figures for two years, after Hussain was killed in Syria in 2015.
“We began conversing with one of their recruiters, who then invited us to chat privately on a secret messaging site,” said one of the undercover reporters. “The authorities were fully aware of our contact.”
Another ISIS recruiter had recommended an attack on Westminster: If you succeed . . . it will be huge and damaging for them.”
The recruiter directed the journalist to a terrorist manual which taught how to use a vehicle as a weapons.