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British Muslim Islamic State (SIS) Fighter accused of using Encrypted messaging service to unleash bomb attacks in London

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New Delhi, April 16, 2017: A 30-year-old British Muslim Islamic State fighter named Omar Hussain has been accused of using an encrypted messaging service Telegram to call on his supporters to unleash bomb attacks in London. The accused is a former supermarket worker from Buckinghamshire who fled to Syria in 2013, has also shared bomb-making guidelines using the same service.

Hussain has called on his followers to unleash a nail bomb assault akin to the attack in St Petersburg that killed 15 people earlier this month, the ‘Mirror’ reported.

He reportedly posted a picture of a finished explosive device with a caption that said: “Looks like creme brulee.”

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Before switching allegiance to the ISIS terror network, Hussain had left his UK home to join the al Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra.

In December last year, he had delivered a Christmas message urging followers to rob party-goers in order to get money for knives and bombs.

“At Christmas the kuffaar (non-Muslims) are loaded with money so it’s the best time. Wait around the corner from a pub for a drunk kafir (non-Muslim) to exit and go down an alleyway,” he wrote on a secure message service.

“Once in the alleyway it only takes a few punches for a drunk kafir to fall unconscious. Take a few ikhwa (brothers) and u can rob him. They could stab a kafir or slit his throat. I had friends in the UK who would do this in London and they never once got caught,” he wrote.

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Hussain, who had pursued a university course in IT in Britain, has now reportedly taught graphic design to students in the ISIS terror group in the war zone.

He first came in news when he appeared in an ISIS propaganda video, urging then Prime Minister David Cameron to dispatch troops to fight the terror group, vowing “we’ll send them back one by one in coffins”.

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Facebook, Twitter Urged to Do More to Police Hate on Sites

Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA
Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites, but more work needs to be done, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday.

The organization released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card and gave a B-plus to Facebook, a B-minus to Twitter and a C-plus to Google.

Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said the company had no comment on the report. Representatives for Google and Twitter did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.

He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”

Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”

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This photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. VOA

Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.

There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.

“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”

The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)