A Sun on Sunday probe found al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine was downloaded here
nearly 55,000 times in the past three months.
It was previously linked to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and the
murder of a Canadian soldier last October — as well as a plot to blow up
London’s Stock Exchange.
The terror guide is put together in Yemen by jihadists from al-Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — who backed Charlie Hebdo gunmen Cherif and Said
Inspire put Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonier on a list of nine men
captioned, “A bullet a day keeps the infidel away”, before he was killed
with 11 others in Paris this month.
Security expert Prof Anthony Glees, of the University of Buckingham, warned
the publication could brainwash young British Muslims.
He said: “This magazine may tip them over the edge and make jihadist actions
seem the right thing to do.” He added: “It is a considerable national
The magazine, which began five years ago, features guides on how to make bombs
from household items and instructions on how to smuggle explosives on to
Our investigation covered a 90-day period between October 14 and January 12.
In that time 54,723 people using British-registered IP addresses downloaded an
The vast majority — 54,322 — downloaded the spring 2014 edition which
explained how to make a car bomb using nails and gas.
It advised aspiring jihadists to target places “flooded with individuals” such
as festivals and sporting occasions.
The edition also called on its readers to carry out “individual jihad” —
urging lone attacks in the West to avoid security services.
The latest edition pushed for attacks on airlines such as British Airways and
Scotland Yard last night warned that Brits downloading the magazine could face
up to ten years in jail under the Terrorism Act.
The Home Office also said it was aware of Inspire.
A spokesman added: “Police and security agencies are taking appropriate
Meanwhile, an al-Qaeda fundraiser with links to the deadly Paris attacks is
blocking attempts to deport him from the UK — as it would violate his human
rights, it was claimed last night.
Baghdad Meziane, 49, was jailed in 2003 over his links to the terror network,
but released in 2009. However, the Home Office has not been able to deport
him to his native Algeria despite repeatedly warning he posed “a danger to
He is said to be close to Djamel Beghal, mentor of two of the Paris attackers.
— DOZENS more babies than normal have been named Charlie in the
wake of the Paris attacks. Parents have been registering it for boys and
girls since the January 7 massacre at Charlie Hebdo.