2017 Miss Universe pageant that will take place in Philippines is said to be the target of a Philippine Islamic State affiliate, citing in a video that IS suggesting an explosive belt or bomb be made especially for the beauty contest, SITE reports.
“Philippines jihadi Telegram channel posted a video for making an explosive belt and suggested ‘Create bomb for miss universe,’” the group wrote on a Telegram Messenger group called “IS Philippines supporters,” according to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, RT reports.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) August 8, 2016
The post reportedly contained a video (in English) on how to assemble a suicide belt and a DIY on explosives.
The beauty pageant is scheduled to begin in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, with no details in venue yet. The pageant founded in 1952 that brings together women from around the world. The lucky winner this year will be crowned by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach of Philippines.
Two militant Islamist groups from the south of the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group have uploaded clips in Youtube back in 2014.
The Philippines have repeatedly been mentioned as possible jihadist targets, where in June, Islamic State called on its followers to focus fighting in Southeast Asia, together ISIbattling in Iraq and Syria. In a propaganda video, the IS group specifically called on extremists to target Malaysia and Philippines.