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 Birmingham could become next terrorists' target after Paris – Daily Mail

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks, had photographs of UK targets on his mobile phone.

It was informed by Daily Mail, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

Investigators have discovered that Abdelhamid Abaaoud had pictures of places in Birmingham stored on his smartphone, according to well-placed sources, raising the chilling possibility that his cell was planning atrocities in Britain.

One source said the images may have been taken by Abaaoud himself, suggesting that he was able to enter the UK despite being the subject of an international manhunt even before the Paris attacks last month that left 130 people dead.

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The regular calls made by Abaaoud and the photographs found on his phone have led British police to the 'frightening conclusion' that he wanted to bring to the city the same carnage that he inflicted upon the French capital.

Abaaoud was in contact with Moroccans living in the Bordesley Green and Alum Rock areas of the city. Both districts have been at the centre of counter-terrorism investigations recently, with a number of arrests made of suspects who were either intending to go to IS strongholds in Syria, or who were coming back from them after gaining battlefield experience.

Although it has not been disclosed what the photos showed, Birmingham boasts one of Britain's busiest shopping areas, the National Exhibition Centre, and several big sporting venues, including Aston Villa's Villa Park and Edgbaston cricket ground, where England play Test matches.



 
 
 
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