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ISIS supporters launch online poll to pick next terror target

The poll question was asked after the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag in memory of the victims of the Brussels terror attack.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2016 4:58:46 pm
People walk towards the illuminated Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Belgium national colors black, yellow and red in honor of the victims of the today's attacks at the airport and the metro station in Brussels, in Paris, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) The Eiffel Tower illuminated with the Belgium national colors black, yellow and red in honor of the victims of the Tuesday’s attacks at the airport and the metro station in Brussels (AP Photo)

As a mark of celebration of Tuesday’s terror attacks in the Belgian capital, ISIS supporters have asked their followers to suggest which country they should target next – and the UK came out on top, according to a report by The Independent.

On an online forum, claimed to be run by members of the extremist group, a user has published the poll question: “What will the colour of the Eiffel Tower be in the next attacks?”

The UK came out top in the survey, with half of the online supporters backing it as their top choice for the next terror attack.

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The poll question was asked after the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag in memory of the victims of the Brussels terror attack, which killed at least 31 and injured around 270 people.

Several other iconic buildings across Europe were lit in red, yellow and black on Tuesday and Wednesday night in a show of solidarity, including the Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, UK’s Wembley arch, Nelson’s column Manchester town hall and the Trevi fountain in Rome on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Maalbeek Metro Station in the city were targeted by three explosions by suicide bombers.

The US, Russia and UK were among the countries which featured as the prime targets for an attack, amongst which United Kingdom was voted most by the jihadi supporters.

One supporter tweeted: “The Islamic State will attack London, Washington, Rome and all the infidels’ capitals”.

While another supporter tweeted: “The Crusaders are blundered and confused. Yesterday Paris, today Brussels, and they don’t know where will be the next attack.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attacks which they said were revenge for Belgium’s participation in co-ordinated air strikes against their positions in Syria and Iraq.

“Fighters opened fire inside Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek Metro station,” said a spokesman for the Islamic extremist group.

Similar to the Twitter hashtag #Parisonfire when the French capital was hit in November, the ISIS supporters celebrated the Brussels attacks in Twitter using the hashtag #Brusselsonfire in Arabic.

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