ISIS RETURNS: Lone wolves urged to attack during Easter weekend

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

ISIS followers were urged to act in the name of the Islamic holy war over the Easter weekend with a horrific video showing violent images of the 2017 Barcelona attack.

By ALICE SCARSI
Express.co.uk
Tue, Apr 16, 2019

A blood-chilling footage was shared on a propaganda group on the messaging app Telegram to urge radicalised ISIS followers and lone wolves to launch attacks against the west during the upcoming Easter festivities. The video, lasting a little more than a minute, includes images of the attack taking place in Barcelona in the summer of 2017 mixed with images of Valencia and Malaga, overcrowded processions and an individual hiding a knife. The terrifying sequence of images, which lead to thinking the message was addressed to ISIS followers in Spain, were accompanied by a message in Spanish saying: “Where are you now, mujahideen of Allah, when you are needed?”

The voice seems to have been taken from another video threatening Spain and it is believed to be the one of the notorious El Cordobés, an ISIS fighter believed to be dead.

Carlos Seisdedos, responsible for the cyber intelligence area of the cybersecurity company ISECAuditors, said: “The most interesting thing from my point of view is the use of an audio fragment of Muhammad Yasin Ahram Pérez, alias El Cordobés, the son of La Tomasa, taken from the DAESH video of the attacks in Barcelona.”

The message was published through the Telegram propaganda group Muntasir Foundation, which has already been used in December to warn western countries, the “crusaders”, that they are “feeding radicalism” by arresting “innocent Muslim”.

While El Cordobés himself may have died, the threat a message delivered by him represents is still very much alive.

Mr Seisdedos said: “It can never be ruled out that a follower of these Telegram groups endorses the call to attempt after viewing this type of content.

“I consider that these videos and appeals are part of a dissemination strategy and propaganda, which has been intensified by the entry on the scene of unofficial agencies such as Muntasir.”

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