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ISIS sleeper cells planning ‘Lee Rigby copycat attacks’ on armed forces week


“Events like that may be a call for sleeper cells to strike” – David Otto

David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, points to the return of ISIS fighters from Iraq and Syria. 

He told Daily Star Online: “Most of these fighters have come back and governments haven’t really had a clue as to how to handle them.

“Some have returned without governments knowing, they are now like sleeper cells. 

“It makes it even more dangerous because you never know when they can carry out a replica of the Lee Rigby murder.

“This is a huge concern, especially as most of these groups have taken the form of going underground – just coming out when it’s time to strike.”

The sleeper cells may carry out their attacks during Armed Forces week – which started on Monday – in a show of defiance against British troops. 

Mr Otto added: “Events like that may be a call for sleeper cells to strike.

“Especially because the military has been responsible for the destruction of ISIS strongholds, the UK is part of that coalition.

“Some have returned without governments knowing, they are now like sleeper cells. 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/787806/isis-jihadis-planning-lee-rigby-style-attacks-armed-forces-week

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