Scotland Yard Counterterror Chief Warns of IS Attacks

LONDON (AP) -

Scotland Yard’s counterterror chief has warned that the Islamic State terror group harbors ambitions of “enormous and spectacular attacks,” as jihadis broaden their plots to target Western lifestyles.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters Monday that while IS once primarily attacked military and police targets, their aims are now more assertive.

“You see a terrorist group which has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks, not just the types that we’ve seen foiled to date,” Rowley said.

He described a group that is shifting. While it had once largely been using propaganda to radicalize people to act in their name, it is now “trying to build bigger attacks.”

He said the group is trying to bring terrorists trained in Syria into northern Europe to launch attacks.