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‘ISIS plot to attack Queen during VJ Day celebration’: Met Police urge for calm

London’s Metropolitan Police has recommended spectators to attend the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Japan (VJ Day) as planned next week, despite reports claiming that ISIS, or the Islamic State was plotting an assassination attack on the Queen.

The attack will be orchestrated from Syria by ISIS commanders, according to the Mail on Sunday. The Mail on Sunday also reported that it was supposed to resemble the attack on the Boston Marathon in 2013, and that attackers were planning to use pressure cooker bombs.

The report also marked several different positions where the bombs were to be allocated, including outside Buckingham Palace and by Westminster Abbey.

The paper did not further comment on its sources.

A Met police spokesman reassured the public that security during the celebration was the first priority and police will be alert. “The public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal,” he said. Security measures are being reviewed.

The Second World War commemoration will be attended by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, veterans, and former prisoners of war, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron.

Buckingham Palace has not commented on the threat.

 

Elisabeth Brahier

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