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    Counterterrorism agencies have reportedly detected messages relating to a repeat of the IS extremist group practice of filming and posting execution videos.

    MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) — Security services of the United Kingdom are on high alert, expecting a beheading attack in the country after jihadists were found discussing online plans to kill a British soldier, The Times reported Tuesday.

    Counterterrorism agencies are said to have detected "chatter" relating to a repeat of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group practice of filming and posting execution videos.

    According to the newspaper, the country's security services reacted to the potential threat after viewing a tweet posted by a jihadist in Syria.

    "Allahu Akbar! Islamic State has killed a British Soldier in Britain in his own home," the jihadist said on Twitter on New Year's Eve.

    Earlier in January, UK Home Secretary Theresa May said that the country's threat level remained at "severe," which meant that an attack was "highly likely." The alert level was raised after a gun massacre at the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which terrorists killed 12 people.

    Islamic State posted several videos in 2014 documenting executions, including US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as UK aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

    The militants said that the killings of journalists and aid workers are a response to US-led coalition airstrikes targeting IS positions in Iraq and Syria.

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