Explosive Belt for Miss Universe Called by ISIS Affiliates

Explosive Belt for Miss Universe Called by ISIS Affiliates
Tue Aug 9, 2016 17:44:18

A Philippine ISIS affiliate has posted a video calling for the 2017 Miss Universe pageant set to take place in the Philippines to be targeted, while suggesting that an explosive belt or bomb be made especially for the beauty contest, SITE reports.

“Philippines terrorist Telegram channel posted a video for making an explosive belt and suggested ‘Create bomb for miss universe,’” the group wrote on a Telegram Messenger group called “ISIS Philippines supporters,” according to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of terrorist organizations.

The post reportedly contained a video on how to assemble a suicide belt and a DIY on explosives in English.

The Miss Universe 2016 beauty contest is scheduled to begin in the Philippines on January 30, 2017 at a venue yet to be determined. Founded in 1952, the pageant brings together women from around the world. This year, the lucky winner will be crowned by Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, who became Miss Universe 2015.

Two militant extrimist guerrilla groups from the south of the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels, pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group back in 2014 in clips uploaded to YouTube.

The Philippines have repeatedly been mentioned as possible terror targets. In June, ISIS called on its followers to focus their energy on fighting in Southeast Asia, in addition to battling in Iraq and Syria. In a propaganda video, the organization specifically called on extremists to target Malaysia and the Philippines, RT reported.


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