Islamic State threatens Paris-style attacks in London, Rome and Berlin

LONDON: The Islamic State has threatened to unleash a new wave of terrorist strikes as deadly as the Paris massacre in London, Berlin and Rome in its latest video that shows images of the UK Parliament and Eiffel Tower crashing to the ground.

Islamic State threatens Paris-style attacks in London, Rome and Berlin

Syrian government forces patrol amidst destruction in the town of al-Qaryatain, in the province of Homs in central Syria, on April 4, 2016 after Syrian troops regained control of the town from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group the previous day. AFP photo

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London, April 5

The Islamic State has threatened to unleash a new wave of terrorist strikes as deadly as the Paris massacre in London, Berlin and Rome in its latest video that shows images of the UK Parliament and Eiffel Tower crashing to the ground.

The video shows Paris and Brussels attacks as well as the strikes of 9/11, calling previous massacres a "cautionary message".

"If it was Paris yesterday... tomorrow it will be London, or Berlin, or Rome. Nations of the cross, this message is for you. Know that your options are few, either you join Islam, or pay tribute, or freeze the war," warns the video released by the group's Alwa'ad media arm on Monday.

It also shows other iconic European landmarks such as the Rome's Coliseum interplayed with footage of executions and beheadings from Syria and Iraq.

A voiceover that plays in English with a thick Arab accent says Islamic States’s militants carried out the suicide bombings and shootings in Paris to wipe out 'kuffars' or non-Muslims, Daily Express reported on Tuesday.

"The soldiers went out to the ground and street of Paris and killed the kuffars. This invasion was just a cautionary message to the nations of the cross," it said.

The threat has come a week after British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the Islamic Stat was willing to use "whatever materials they can get their hands on" to attack the West.

At least 130 people were killed in a series of IS attacks in Paris in November 2015 and some 32 people were killed in the group’s suicide bombings in Brussels this year.

Despite its bold proclamations, the Islamic State has lost its key positions across Syria. The group was driven out of Palmyra last week and Russian forces have now entered the city to clear the area. — PTI

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