In a terrorist plot orchestrated from Syria, pro – ISIS British jihadists reportedly have plans to hit England on VJ Day next weekend. One of their targets is Queen Elizabeth II.
VJ Day is the British celebration of the news of Japan’s surrender on August 15, 1945. [America’s version of VJ Day is September 2, the day of the formal surrender ceremony in 1945.]
The ISIS plot
Authorities say that the credible threat mentioned a Boston Marathon style attack with pressure cooker bombs at the August 15 celebration in London. The threat specifically mentioned Queen Elizabeth II as a target, as well as Prince Charles and British troops.
Authorities expect literally thousands to watch the parade along Whitehall in front of Westminster Abbey. The Queen’s itinerary was widely publicized and her route along the street and stopping points well known. Until now.
The Daily Mail reported,
Sources have told this newspaper that a specific threat was made against the Queen, triggering an urgent review of security arrangements for next weekend’s events.
Other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, who is identified in intelligence reports as another possible target, are also due to attend.
They will join Prime Minister David Cameron, assorted dignitaries, more than 1,000 veterans of the Far East campaign and their families, and serving members of the Armed Forces.
And with thousands of members of the public expected to line the streets around Whitehall and Westminster Abbey, police fear enormous potential for carnage.
The Queen — never intimidated by threats
The Queen, in her usual stubborn way, has stated she intends to go to the celebrations regardless of the threat. She declared she will go to “honour the fallen.”
The threat prompted an “urgent” review of the security arrangements for her at the events. But authorities are urging people to not alter their plans, and go ahead and attend the celebrations in open defiance of the ISIS threat.
“While the UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review security plans for public events, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat. Our priority is the safety and security for all those attending or involved. The public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal.” London Metropolitan Police statement
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) August 9, 2015