Britain’s Security Minister Ben Wallace has warned that the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group plans to wage a “mass casualty” chemical attack against the UK, urging the public to report any suspicious behavior.
“The ambition of … Daesh is definitely mass-casualty attacks. They want to harm as many people as possible and terrorize as many people as possible,” Wallace emphasized in an interview published Sunday by the UK-based Sunday Times while insisting that the terror group had already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq and that intelligence chiefs believe it is intent on using them in Britain as well.
“They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations, and if they could, they would in this country. The casualty figures that could be involved would be everybody’s worst fear,” the minister noted. “We have certainly seen reports of them using it in Syria and Iraq [and] we have certainly seen aspirations for it in Europe.”
According to the daily, “the risk of an ISIS (Daesh) chemical attack in Britain was noted last month by a Europol report, but this is the first time a minister has highlighted the threat.”
The UK official further stated, that “the insider threat, as we would call it, is real and it can be exploited and there are people trying to do that as we speak. If it’s hard to get in the front door, then what you try and do is get someone on the inside.”
He then called on the public to report suspicious behavior to help identify “the enemy within,” including radicals , foreign agents and colleagues corrupted by organized crime gangs.