Al-Qaeda’s official terrorism and bomb-making magazine, ‘Inspire,’ has used Sydney’s Opera House as an example of a suitable target for a homegrown Islamic terrorist attack.
The picture illustrates a section that aims to educate English-speaking terrorists on bomb-making and use of the AK-47 automatic rifles. While it was unclear whether it was meant to encourage a terrorist attack, the image of the Sydney Opera House on a full page of the Inspire magazine worries security experts.
Leah Farrall, one of Australia’s leading al-Qaeda experts, said: “In the end, all we know is that a photograph of one of our most prominent landmarks has turned up on a page about bomb-making in a magazine that is encouraging people to take action on their own and blow things up in Western countries.
“At a really simple level that will be cause for concern, but it will be tempered with the recognition that these are the most publicity-hungry jihadis we have come across so far.”
The picture and bomb-making instructions appear in the magazine’s “Open Source Jihad” section, which it describes as “a resource manual for those who loathe the tyrants; includes bomb-making techniques; security measures, guerilla tactics, weapons training and all other jihad-related activities”.
It is understood security authorities have been aware of the image for several days. Inspire has in the past used prominent buildings in the US and around the world to illustrate the section.