Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist group has dedicated an entire edition of its magazine to teaching followers how to derail trains in Europe, Britain, and the America for future terrorist attacks.
Business Insider The terror group published a “how to” manual in its propaganda magazine “Inspire,” urging individuals to attack railroads in Western countries “using easily accessible materials”. It advises would-be terrorists to target the trains from “either inside or outside” or target “the rail itself so as to derail the train”.
It also suggests targeting train stations, which “are always crowded and cause major interruption towards the transportation system”.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has dedicated an entire edition of its magazine to teaching followers how to derail trains in Europe and the US for future terrorist attacks.
In a guide published in the 17th edition of Inspire, AQAP’s online-only English-language propaganda magazine, the terrorist group wrote:
“For more than a year this idea has been extensively been researched by a group that has dedicated most of its efforts and time to come-up [sic] with a profound yet simple method in designing this tool.
“So that the Lone Mujahid [someone engaged in jihad] can carry along with him in his fight to bring great destruction upon the West’s security, military and economy — by the Help of Allah. “We now leave you with this exciting and interesting issue.”
In Sunday’s 94-page issue, the terrorist group’s writers outline different methods to derail trains, train routes to target, among other advice. The electronic magazine also has a spread containing “words of wisdom” from various Mujahideen, including Osama bin Laden.
The magazine also features a detailed 18-page-long guide on how to build a “derail tool” with cardboard, an empty plastic container, part of a rubber tyre, pipes, iron wires, screws, sheet metal, and cement. The apparatus does not require any electronic or construction tools so followers can “remove any traces for suspicion.”
When placed on train tracks, the tool is expected to interfere with the train’s movement and cause it to divert from its tracks.
As the perpetrator does not physically need to be on the train during the derailment, the operation “is not a martyrdom op” and “can be repeated,” the magazine said. It will also be “easy to hide your tracks from forensics” after the attack, it boasted.
In the magazine, the terrorist group singled out Britain, America, and France as countries that “have shown open hostilities towards Muslims,” and encourages followers to carry out attacks in those countries.
Some 1.7 billion passenger journeys were taken in Britain in 2016, according to the latest Office of Rail and Road statistics.
The British Department for Transport did not immediately respond to Business Insider UK’s request for comment, and the Home Office declined to comment. The Telegraph, however, quoted Whitehall sources who described rail travel as “one area of public transport which is worryingly yet to be exploited.”
The New York Police Department sought to quell fears after the magazine’s publication, tweeting on Sunday that its “robust multi-layered counterterrorism apparatus” covers railways.
Inspire, which first published in 2010, is AQAP’s first English-language propaganda magazine. The online-only magazine primarily aims to reach the terrorist group’s western followers, according to American intelligence platform Stratfor. It has previously issued guides on how to make homemade car bombs or torch parked vehicles, among others.
Back in 2013, a plot to blow up a passenger train between Toronto and New York by two Muslim terrorists was averted by Canadian law enforcement