London’s Westminster terror attack points to a new way of terrorism where the terrorists no longer need explosives or sophisticated arms to carry out terror attacks unlike the 2001 Indian Parliament attack where nine Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carrying AK-47 rifles, grenade launchers infiltrated the Parliament House in a car to carry the attack.
It is still unclear whether the terror attack in the heart of Britain’s seat of power was executed by which terror group but it is obvious that this attack is inspired by the Islamic State as the jihadist outfit in November 2016 online issue of its magazine, Rumiyah, the ISIS extolled the virtues of using vehicles and specially trucks to cause a ‘blood -bath’. Which was implemented by the ISIS inspired people n Berlin where a large truck rammed into a busy Christmas market killing 12 people and injuring of them. Likewise in this attack five people were killed and 40 injured after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman before being shot to death by police outside the British parliament in London.
These types of “Lone-wolf” attacks is very easy to execute but very difficult for the governments to identify the people inspired by Islamic State ideology as the attackers take no instructions from the leaders of terror outfits like ISIS or the groups linked to other jihadist outfits. ISIS has been using internet aggressively to promote their ideology and the methods of carrying out a terror strike across the world. Europe had witnessed a string of deadly terror attacks in 2016 and London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades.
These terror incidents show that US President Donald Trump policy of banning people from majority-Muslim countries stands validated.According to the latest intelligence reports an Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is looking for innovative methods of hiding explosives in electronic devices like laptops, cameras, tablets to carry out terror attacks. This vital intelligence inputs prompted the United States and Britain to ban devices larger than a smartphone from the cabins on certain flights from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
An incident of terrorist using electronic device to down airplane occurred in Somalia where a bomb hidden in a laptop blew a hole in the side of a plane but failed to down it. The federal government notified airlines serving 10 airports in majority Muslim countries (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE) to prevent passengers from carrying laptops, tablets or electronic cameras on flights from entering US.
The policy of banning electronic devices is not a political move or a sort of Islamophobia but is a correct step to prevent terror activities in US by Trump administration.