Isis calls for 'Manchester Arena copycat' attack on England-Scotland women's football match

Isis have targeted England's match with Scotland on July 19, according to SITE Intel

Isis have targeted England's match with Scotland on July 19, according to SITE Intel

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Islamic State has reportedly called for a terrorist attack on the forthcoming match between England and Scotland in the women's European football championship.

As its former power bases in Mosul and Iraq disintegrate, the jihadist group has issued calls for fresh attacks via its favourite social media channel, Telegram, according to respected counter-terror group SITE Intel.

One of the key targets is the England-Scotland match in the Dutch city of Utrecht on July 19.

One of the messages, published on Twitter, features a map of the Utrecht stadium with a series of hashtages, including '#LMvsEngland&Scotland' and '#Copycat_ManchesterArena'.

Holland's national coordinator for counterterrorism and security is investigating the threat, a spokesperson told local broadcaster RTL.

A statement published on the NL Times website read: "In the current threat picture we are obviously taking it seriously.

"There are often such threats. But with that I do not pass judgment on how serious this one is."

The Euro 2017 tournament begins on July 16 and finishes on August 6.