Islamic State group jihadists from Britain have been working on a plan to launch a dramatic bomb attack at a ceremony next weekend marking the end of World War II in which they aimed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Mail reported on Sunday.
According to the report, Islamic State commanders in Syria were coordinating the plot which was meant to be carried out by British jihadists on their home soil.
The Mail – quoting unnamed sources - reported that the plot would involve the use of pressure cookers packed with explosives, like those used at the Boston Marathon bombing,
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh travel by carriage during Trooping the Colour - Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade, at The Royal Horseguards on June 14, 2014 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The British paper noted that “police and MI5 are involved in a frantic race against time to thwart the assassination plot.”
The London ceremony next Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – the day Japan surrendered - ending World War II.
Also expected to attend was the next in line to the throne, Prince Charles, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron, veterans and thousands of citizens.
London’s Metropolitan Police said people should follow through with their plans to attend the ceremony, despite the report.
"While the U.K. threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review security plans for public events, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Independent.
"Our priority is the safety and security for all those attending or involved. The public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal," the spokesman said.
The spokesman noted that the police are focused on the “real threat from nationals returning as trained terrorists from Syria and Iraq” and those being encouraged to commit attacks on British soil.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment to the British media on the Mail’s report.