Islamist terrorists are threatening an attack on London in the latest ISIS propaganda poster to be shared online.

The poster, released on encrypted social media channels, shows an ISIS fighter firing what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle next to a burning Union Flag.

An ISIS flag flies from the top of a burning Big Ben, which also has a large crack running across the building. 

Running down the side of the image is a message, reading: ‘We will destroy your country, as you destroyed our country’.

ISIS appears to be revving up their propaganda machine ahead of the holidays, producing a series of graphic posters threatening attacks on Christmas shoppers in Europe and the United States.

Yesterday, an image was shared showing Santa Claus standing on a low roof next to a box of dynamite looking out over a crowd of shoppers in New York’s Times Square.

The poster has the words ‘We meet at Christmas in New York… soon,’ written across it in black on white. 

Another showed a terrorist standing next to a rocket launcher looking down at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. 

The message warned that ‘the crusaders’ feast is approaching’, alluding to a Christmas attack the Catholic church’s holy city.

‘Their convoys will crowd itself in front of you prepare and plan for them show them the meaning of terrorism.’

At the weekend, posters of Santa Claus kneeling before an ISIS executioner on London’s Regent Street, and a jihadi with a bloody knife looking out over a Paris Christmas market with the Eiffel Tower in the background were shared online.

Both images carried the message ‘Soon on your holidays’ in English, French, and German.

The propaganda images are a chilling reminder of the terror attack on a Berlin Christmas Market last year.

Instructed by ISIS, Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri drove a truck into the crowds at the Christmas Market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin on December 19.

A dozen people died, including the original driver of the truck who was shot by Amri when he hijacked the vehicle, and 56 others were injured.

Christmas markets across Germany are seeing upped security this year, with security staff on hand and concrete barriers to protect shoppers.

Some 2,600 markets, known for their sparkling Christmas trees and wooden stalls serving candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and handicrafts, opened across Germany on Monday under tighter than usual security.

In the city of Bochum in Western Germany, organisers decorate concrete bollards, wrapping them up as Christmas presents with bows to make them appear festive. 

An interior ministry spokesman said the risk of an attack in Europe and Germany is ‘continuously high’.

Organisers and business owners had complained that the government was reluctant to share the cost of extra security measures.

‘What could be done was done,’ said Berlin’s Mayor, Michael Mueller on Monday, noting that those measures still could not guarantee absolute security.

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