Islamic State ‘will invade Britain soon,’ new video warns
UK security officials probing identity of clip’s masked man with a British accent
British security officials are studying an Islamic State group video that threatens more action against the United Kingdom.
Officials were looking for clues Monday about the identity of a masked man who speaks with a British accent on the video before shooting a purported spy in the head. The man says the extremists will soon invade Britain.
Four others accused of spying for Britain are also shot dead by others, who do not speak.
The video, circulated Sunday, features an apparent replacement for Mohammed Emwazi, the British-accented man known as “Jihadi John” who was killed in a drone strike in Syria in November. He had figured prominently in earlier IS propaganda videos.
It also features a young boy who threatens Britons at the end of the video.
Infamous Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” was killed by a crack team of Special Air Forces commandos, ending a yearlong operation to find the high-value target responsible for the brutal murder of several Western hostages, the British Daily Mail reported at the time.
In November, US officials said drone strikes had targeted members of a group of English-speaking Islamic State fighters known as “the Beatles” in Syria, killing at least one British man.
It was not immediately clear if Emwazi had been killed in the strike but security sources later said, “We are 99 percent sure we got him.”