The ninety-eighth edition of the Islamic State’s (IS) newsletter, Al-Naba, was released on 22 September 2017. This Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, was evacuated on 17 September due to a bomb scare, and later declared to be a “false alarm”. This edition of Naba claims that an IS operative in fact planted a bomb, causing the chaos at Charles de Gaulle. Al-Naba 98 also contained a further acknowledgement of the “bucket bombing” at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, which took place on the morning 15 September 2017.
Page 3 of Al-Naba 98 had in the bottom corner a section, entitled, “News: France and Britain”.
Al-Naba began with the incident in France:
A security source told Al-Naba that the evacuation of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, in the French capital, on Sunday, 26 Dhu al-Hijjah , came after explosive devices were planted by a security detachment belonging to the soldiers of the Islamic State.
The security source added that the security agency was able, by God’s name, to insert the IEDs into the airport and plant them at the predetermined locations. However, the Crusader forces were able to detect their presence before they exploded and immediately evacuated the airport.
The French government tried to conceal its failure to uncover the operation to bring in the bombs by falsely claiming that the evacuation of the airport was a result of a hoax.
This claim is, to say the least, controversial. It is not the first claim of its kind, however.
After the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was brought down over Egypt on 31 October 2015, IS claimed in the twelfth edition of its English-language magazine, Dabiq, released on 18 November 2015, that it had placed the bomb on board in a can of pop. This claim of responsibility was initially doubted, though subsequent investigation led to an admission by the Egyptian government that terrorism was the cause of the plane’s disintegration.
Al-Naba then wrote of the Parsons Green incident:
Another special operation by a security detachment of the soldiers of the caliphate against the Crusaders took place on Friday, 24 Dhu al-Hijjah , when the soldiers targeted a gathering of them in … the London tunnels, resulting in injury to 30 of them, thanks be to God.
Field sources explained that the soldiers had planted improvised explosive devices at the Parsons Green train station. Mujahid then managed to detonate one of them at a gathering of the Crusaders in the station, injuring about 30 of them, thank God.
It is noteworthy that this attack is the second explosive device in Britain during the four months, as the former soldiers detonated explosive devices against the crusaders in the city of Manchester at the end of the month of Shaban, killing 30 Crusaders and wounding 70 others, thanks be to God.
The Manchester atrocity, about which Al-Naba has written, took place on 22 May, which is 25 Shaban (the month of Shaban has 29 days). Police have now charged an individual, 18-year-old Ahmed Hassan, with planting the bomb at Parsons Green. What connection, if any, Hassan had directly to IS is so far unclear.