A national security expert has warned that jihadi Muslim extremists in the U.K. are planning to “go out in a blaze of glory” with a series of attacks starting this weekend.
The former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Chris Phillips, has issued a warning to British citizens to keep their guard up this weekend and for the coming month.
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He told the Daily Star: “ISIS positively encourage followers to concentrate their efforts during this time.
“I would encourage everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicions to the police.”
Today marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims across the globe will fast from sunrise to sunset, to celebrate the month the Koran was first presented to the Prophet Muhammed.
However, in recent years extremists have used the peaceful occasion as an opportunity to carry out brutal attacks.
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The first Friday of the month of fasting is considered the holiest – and Mr Phillips fears more attacks will take place this year.
He said: “It’s all to do with the first Friday of Ramadan being the holiest day and most appropriate for terror attacks.