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New ISIS Threats: Surprise Knife Attacks at Concerts


Following the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that targeted an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip (October 1, 2017), which ISIS claimed responsibility for, a pro-ISIS media group is circulating an online poster warning of knife attacks at musical events. In the shocking poster – credited to Remah Media – a suited man is seen holding a huge knife behind his back behind a crowd of cheering young music fans.

Remah Media Production has many posters in its collection. Previous releases include a January poster depicting a jihadist before an American city vowing to “sink America,” and another showing jihadists standing in front of a nondescript legislative building vowing that “soon you will taste agony.” The group has also released video nasheeds, or songs to inspire terrorists.

The new poster depicts a jihadist in a suit jacket concealing a large knife behind his back, standing behind concert-goers as they fix their attention on the stage, PJ Media reported.

“Wait for our surprises,” warns the text, signed “Islamic State.”

The poster was shared by Remah Media Production, an ISIS-linked media group that has a history of sharing ISIS propaganda.

A year ago, after the Las Vegas massacre, official ISIS media persisted for a few months in claiming responsibility for the tragedy. Soon after the “slaughterfest,” ISIS claimed through their Amaq news agency that the “Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries.”

“Since the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre on a country music festival, ISIS has both claimed and idolized shooter Stephen Paddock, encouraging would-be terrorists to poach from his tactics such as how he used a sniper’s perch in a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay to kill 58 people and wound hundreds more,” PJ Media reported.

Nashir, another ISIS official channel, and affiliated al-Batar Media Foundation also held that Paddock acted on behalf of the terror group, which has inspired jihadists to use crowded festivals or musical events as prime targets in their attacks.

One ISIS newsletter issue showed a full-page infographic depicting a blood-covered Mandalay Bay hotel with the claim that Paddock had converted to Islam six months prior to the attack.

The shooting “highlights the difficulties faced by U.S. cities to protect their own Crusader citizens from attacks that can take unpredictable forms,” another ISIS al-Naba newsletter said.

However, the 187-page report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued on August 3, 2018, said investigators did not find any indication that Paddock acted on behalf of ISIS.

“Paddock was not a religious person, did not believe in any higher power, and found religious people to be ridiculous,” the report concluded, also noting that family members said the shooter didn’t promote any sort of political beliefs.

A connection between ISIS and the Las Vegas massacre remains stubbornly unconfirmed, at least for the public. But the tactics employed in that savage attack certainly make it look like the work of ISIS.

In May 2017, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the UK’s Manchester Arena. It was Britain’s deadliest bombing in 12 years, resulting in 22 dead and 139 injured.

A statement made through ISIS media claimed, “One of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester,” adding that the attack was a response to “transgression against the lands of the Muslims,” Time Magazine reported at the time.

ISIS has been losing their hold on territory in the Middle East as a result of U.S.-backed coalition forces in recent years, which may be prompting the group to pursue a change in terror tactics.

“All remains relatively quiet on the Western front of late. But that does not mean that the Middle East murder machine has gone away. These dedicated and murderous jihadists remain in the shadows. The best thing to do is to carry a huge spotlight filled with an awareness that can foil their plans,” writes Bob Taylor from CDN.

It’s well known that a favorite jihadist practice is to commemorate important dates of their shabby and violent “victories,” so be careful and try to avoid overcrowded venues as no one knows which tactic the Islamic State will choose to create chaos.

Author: USA Really