Islamic State calls for Australian attacks before end of Ramadan
Islamic State has officially called for Australians to launch terrorist attacks before the end of the holy month of Ramadan, urging them to follow the lead of their “brethren”.
A week after terror attacks in London and Melbourne, Islamic State released a speech by its official spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir via encrypted chatting app Telegram early this morning.
“To the brethren of faith and belief in Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and others,” he said in Arabic, according to one translation, “Your brothers in your land have done well so take them as role models and do as they have done.”
He also praised fighters in cities in Syria and Iraq that Islamic State is likely to lose.
“O lions of Mosul, Raqqa, and Tal Afar, God bless those pure arms and bright faces, charge against the rejectionists and the apostates and fight them with the strength of one man,” he said.
Rejectionist is a derogatory term used to refer to Shi’ite Muslims.
Ramadan will end later this month.
This is not the first time the group’s official spokesman has called for attacks in Australia.
In 2014, al-Muhajir’s predecessor named Australia among five countries where terrorist attacks should be committed.