Islamic State plans attack on Euro 2016 fans with chemical weapons

first_imgAn Islamic State sleeper cell has plans to carry out attacks targeting English and Russian football fans at Euro 2016 during a match in Marseilles, data retrieved from the main Paris attacks suspect’s laptop reveal, according to The Sun.IS EYE ENGLAND-RUSSIA GAMEPhotos retrieved from the computer found during a raid in Brussels and belonging to Salah Abdeslam, reportedly point to the French city of Marseilles, where England are scheduled to play Russia on June 11.The information also allegedly disclosed that Islamic State was considering using drones “possibly” armed with chemical weapons, as well as suicide bombs and AK-47s to carry out mass attacks, The Sun reported, citing its sources.Despite Abdeslam capture, authorities fear other IS-linked cell members could still proceed with the plan.”Most of the information was contained in Abdeslam personal testament setting out his wishes in the event of death,” a Belgian security source told the Sun.The gathered information is making authorities believe that the primary target of terrorists will be the English team’s fan zone in the Old Port quarter of the city.MASS ATTACKS WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS”This can only mean plans were being drawn up to attack England and Russia fans before the game. England and Russia fans are obvious targets because both countries are bombing IS in Syria and Iraq,” the source added.”Drones are mentioned on the computer, but it’s not clear how they might have been used in an attack — possibly armed with chemical weapons.”The terror attacks rocked the French capital on November 13, 2015, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds of others. Three suicide bombers carried out an assault near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, which was followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafs and restaurants.advertisementOf the 130 victims, at least 89 were killed in the Bataclan Theater, where the jihadists took hostages before engaging in a stand-off with police officers.Fears of a Paris-style assault have also been confirmed to the publication by a police source, who said that “Marseille is the Kalashnikov capital of France, and there are plenty of potential IS recruits here.”More than 1,000 police officers will be deployed to offer security for the duration of the competition in Marseilles, with snipers deployed throughout the city. Shoulder-mounted Mistral surface-to-air missile launchers will also be used for security, positioned at the city’s strategic points, the publication reports.”Officers will be authorized to intervene the moment a terrorist is identified,” another senior security force officer told the Sun. “Terrorism is our main security priority.”last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I hope we all took what happened last week personally, the whole team,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s unacceptable. You can’t turn the ball over eight times and give up over 300 yards rushing.”While the Cardinals coach said the team has tried to move beyond the loss this week, in some ways Whisenhunt seemed to insinuate it should be used as a point of motivation the rest of the season.“We moved on from [the loss],” said Whisenhunt. “But it’s still about being professionals and doing what you’re supposed to do.”Although the Cardinals have little to play for standings-wise over the next three weeks, Whisenhunt said he was encouraged about his team’s energy level in practice this week.“I felt good about [this week],” said Whisenhunt. “Guys worked, there was energy and they paid attention. Hopefully it will translate to playing well Sunday.”The Lions come into University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday losers of five straight since November 4. Like the Cardinals, Jim Schwartz’s squad sits in last place in their division with a 4-9 record. However, Detroit’s offense leads the league in passing yards per game (307.8). Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The Arizona Cardinals are five days removed from their worst loss in franchise history — a 58-0 shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks — and still can’t shake themselves from the devastating defeat.Even as the Cardinals look to snap their nine-game losing streak Sunday against the Detroit Lions, questions still remain over went wrong a week ago. When asked Friday about the beat down his team took in Seattle, Ken Whisenhunt didn’t shy away from the topic. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more