The Islamic State is calling for Muslims in Germany to launch suicide attacks on Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the Cologne-Bonn airport.
Europe is already tense over the Brussels suicide attacks, which have killed at least 32 people and injured over 300 others, and these new threats only stand to make the security situation far more precarious, Reuters reports.
The images command Muslims to commit attacks against Germany, the “enemy of Allah.”
“What your brothers in Belgium were able to do, you can do too,” the image said.
According to other images, part of the motivation cited for launching additional attacks in Europe is the mound of Islamic State bodies that keeping piling up in Iraq and Syria, due to western airstrikes. According to BKA, German federal police, the circulated images are unlikely to boost already-high levels of security, given how depressingly common an occurrence threats like these are in the country.
“We are aware of this material and our experts are checking it,” a BKA spokeswoman told Reuters. “It is clear that Germany is the focus of international terrorism and that attacks could happen, but this material doesn’t change our security assessment.”
As ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq, radical Muslims sympathetic to the group’s objectives may continue the spate of terror attacks in Europe as a last ditch effort to preserve an ISIS legacy. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in both Paris and Brussels. The latter attack in Brussels appears to have been rushed following the capture of Salah Abdeslam, a mastermind behind the Paris attacks. He had successfully evaded police for four months.
Now that western European authorities are cracking down and unleashing a tidal wave of raids on suspected terror cells, more attacks may be on the way from groups desperate to cause death and destruction before they’re terminated.
Abdeslam announced Thursday he’s ready to cooperate with French authorities, which may frighten even more underground Islamic extremist groups, as Abdeslam was a key linchpin.
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