ISIS plans to carry out tourist massacre on Europe’s Med resorts using bombs buried under sun beds and assassins disguised as beach-side ice cream sellers, warn Italian intelligence chiefs
- ISIS plans terror attacks at Europe beach resorts, report claims
- ISIS terrorists would pose as beach-sellers, targeting tourists
- Plan to bury bombs under sun loungers and detonate suicide vests
- Targets reportedly include southern France and Spain’s Costa del Sol
- German and Italian intelligence ‘informed on plans by source in Africa’
ISIS is planning terror attacks across Europe this summer, targeting holidaying tourists by posing as ice cream and T-shirt sellers, Italian intelligence chiefs have warned.
German media reports that ISIS is sending jihadists to pretend to sell refreshments before detonating suicide vests and bombs buried under sun loungers at Spanish, French and Italian resorts.
The BND – Germany’s equivalent of MI6 – learned from its Italian counterpart of the ISIS plots to bring bloodshed to holiday resorts, popular daily newspaper BILD said on Tuesday.
According to the report the Italians were informed of the terror plans from a credible source in Africa.
They say the would-be killers had formed ‘concrete plans’ to pose as refugees serving tourists with drinks and snacks or hawking beach accessories and T-shirts.
BILD said the plans involve the use of automatic weapons on crowded waterfronts, suicide bombings and explosive devices buried in sand beneath sun loungers.
ISIS, which is squeezed financially as the international coalition ranged against it in the Middle East hampers its movement and military actions, is looking for more soft targets in the west and came up with the holiday bombing campaign.
Attack: Tourists lay flowers outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, in the popular tourist resort of al-Sousse, Tunisia, where 38 people were killed, including 30 UK nationals, in an attack last June.
According to BILD the beaches which intelligence chiefs say are definitely targeted include resorts in southern France, the Costa del Sol in Spain and both coasts in Italy.
The newspaper quotes a high ranking official: ‘It could be a whole new dimension of terror. Holiday beaches cannot be protected.’ Last year 38 people, 30 of them British, died when a gunman opened fire on a beach in Tunisia.
The threat stems from Boko Haram, the terror group from Nigeria which has allied itself with Isis and co-operates with the leadership at a high level. It is understood that regular African travellers to Europe, who so far have disguised their loyalty to the fanatics, will be activated for the murder campaign.
Seck Pouye, police chief of the Senegalese town of Saly, said: ‘These people travel regularly to Italy and other places with visas and documents. They are not illegal because they are viewed as business people and traders. That is what makes them so dangerous.’
Germany has so far not issued any travel warnings to its people about a potential terror threat at foreign holiday destinations.