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Al Qaeda urges 'lone wolf' bombers to target UK and US airlines

BA, easyJet, Air France and several US airlines were singled out in latest edition of group's online magazine

Al Qaeda urges 'lone wolf' bombers to target UK and US airlines
easyJet was among the airlines named by Al Qaeda as potential targets. (AFP/Getty Images)

Al Qaeda has called on its ‘lone wolf’ terrorists to target British and American airlines, using homemade bombs, the Daily Mail reported.

In the latest edition of its online magazine, Inspire, the terrorist organisation encourages members to UK airlines British Airways and easyJet, Air France and US carriers American Airlines, United, Continental and Delta, aswell as high-profile American figures such as Bill Gates and former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.

The article said British Airways was targeted as the ‘flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom’ and an attack against it would ‘crush the enemy’s economy’.

During the article, previous bombing figures were praised for their actions, such as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who targeted a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb in his underpants in 2012.

Articles in the online journal also included a guide on how would-be suicide bombers can evade airport security, while a previous edition outlined how to build a homemade bomb in your kitchen.

A British Airways spokesman was quoted as saying: “The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

“We continue to work closely with airports and governments around the world.’

He added: ‘We never comment on matters of security.”

An easyJet spokesman added: “The safety and security of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority. We are unable to comment further on matters of security.”