ISIS Encourages Lone Wolf Bomb Attacks In U.S.; Bratton: Threat Credible


Members of ISIS forums are encouraging “lone wolf” bomb attacks in some of America's most high-profile tourist locations: New York, Las Vegas and Texas, reports A post in an ISIS message board, created three weeks ago and resurfacing this week, includes a comprehensive guide to building pipe bombs using easily obtained materials like match heads, sugar and Christmas lights. Titled “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets,” the post suggests attacking Times Square and Las Vegas in particular, but also says tourist sites in Texas and transit stations throughout the U.S. would make good targets.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the online tutorial aimed at provoking an American attack was a major turn for the new terror organization. “This is the first time ISIS has used this medium to inspire a “lone wolf” type attack,” Bratton said. “We are quite concerned, as you would expect, with the capabilities of ISIS much more than Al Qaeda ever was able to project their ability to use social media to try and spread their recruitment efforts and try to inspire.” Bratton said the threat of ISIS inspiring bloodshed on U.S. soil is considered plausible.

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