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Meanwhile, police in Germany say they uncovered ISIS plot

Supporters of Islamic State have issued images on messaging apps threatening to attack Christmas markets in Europe, while police in Germany say they have uncovered an ISIS plot to attack markets, Mail Online reports.

The images circulated by jihadists include one where a hooded black-clothed figure stands over a kneeling Santa Claus with an image of London’s Regent Street in the background. A message in English, French and German says ‘Soon on your holidays’.

The image was intercepted by the darknet intelligence company BlackOps Cyber, which says it is the first time it has seen the image, purported to have emerged from a group called Army of Mujahideen. Another image has the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Planned attack
The images’ appearance comes as German police arrested six alleged terrorists who were planning an attack on a Christmas market to mark the anniversary of last year’s attack in Berlin. The men from Syria were planning to attack a Christmas market in Essen on December 19, according to media reports, and were arrested in raids in Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig.

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