The ISIS has become a dark figure in the world of extremism within the past few months. Their proliferation increased exponentially after the fall of the veteran Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden. They have been conducting terror missions for long by using suicidal extremists, who were manipulated into believing that they were serving a higher, Jihadist cause. As a cover story, they have been branding the perpetrators as “soldiers of the Islamic State”. One of their recent exploits was the terror attack in London, which took place outside of Britain’s Parliament. They claimed full responsibility through their news agency named ‘Amaq’. Furthermore, as usual, they stated the radical attacker to be the “soldier of the Islamic State” and that he carried out the attack as a “rejoinder to the calls to target citizens of the coalition”.
The fearful incident resulted in four casualties, with one of them being a 48 year-old policeman, who was one of the first responders to the imminent peril. Many more suffered from slight injuries. However, the British Prime Minister and Members of Parliament were unscathed. Regarding the identity of the attacker, Prime Minister Theresa May said and I quote, “What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to the concerns about violent fanaticism. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot.” This essentially depicts that the full identity of the man is currently known, due to his interrogation by the MI5, but is not currently being divulged for security purposes. However, he has been termed as a “peripheral figure” by the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, necessary actions are being taken to trace any further perpetrators of the plot and their local base of operations.