Muslims Celebrate Terror Attack in Manchester
Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media on Tuesday after a blast at a concert venue in the north of England killed at least 22 people, the militant Islamist group has formally claimed responsibility.
Twitter accounts affiliated to Islamic State have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere.
Some messages described the attack as an act of revenge in response to air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
“It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to #Manchester,” one user named Abdul Haqq said on Twitter, in reference to the Iraqi and Syrian cities held by the militants where a U.S.-led coalition, of which Britain is a member, is conducting air strikes.
“We hope that the perpetrator is one of the soldiers of the caliphate,” he wrote on a channel affiliated to the group hosted by messaging network Telegram.
Others posted banners saying “the beginning is in Brussels and Paris, and in London we form a state,” in reference to previous similar “lone wolf” attacks in Belgium and France for which the group has claimed responsibility.
U.S. officials drew parallels between the blast and the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.
While Many Real Muslims were Posting
— Mishary #Aleppo (@IMishary77) May 23, 2017
But Part of the World’s Muslim Community Cheered the Attack
Isis supporters are sharing messages celebrating the Manchester explosion https://t.co/zYv4NuDEQ4
— scott stagg (@whatpeopleaskfo) May 23, 2017
— Zvi Lando (@zlando) May 23, 2017