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RAF Akrotiri sends Islamic State a message from Manchester

An RAF crew scrawled a message on a Paveway IV bomb on its way to blast ISIS targets in Syria that read ‘Love from Manchester.’

Photos of the bomb started circulating on social media on Thursday and initially believed to be a hoax until it was confirmed by both the RAF and Ministry of Defence

It is understood that the bomb was loaded on a British jet at the RAF Akrotiri base in Cyprus in response to Monday night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena that claimed 22 innocent victims.

A military source, speaking to Mail Online said: ‘The sentiment of the message is understandable under the circumstances.

‘There’s a history of messages being written on missiles in the RAF.

‘It’s unlikely the individual responsible for it will be disciplined.’

The tradition of writing messages on bombs dates back to the Second World War and has featured in every conflict since.

 

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