Pro-ISIS Group Calls for ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks on Hit List
A pro-Islamic State group released a video that threatens President Donald Trump and about 9000 others who seek the demise of ISIS.
The message urges followers to carry out “lone wolf” attacks against those on a list of 8,786 names and “kill them wherever you find them.”
Prominent on the list are reportedly well-known figures including US President Donald Trump who have openly opposed the terrorist group.
The message threatens to publish the home addresses of those it wants killed.
The group putting out the threats, The United Cyber Caliphate, is a hacking collective that has issued similar hit lists before, although it is not clear if anyone targeted by the group has actually been killed.
The notion of killing enemies “wherever you find them” has been a common strategy of ISIS inspiring its followers in recent years after it became more difficult for sympathizers to travel from the West to Middle East battlefields in support of the group.
The latest message threatens that “we continue to wage war against you. Know that your counter attacks only make us stronger. The UCC will start a new step in this war against you. So expect us soon.”
A former FBI agent has warned that ‘kill lists’ can inspire lone gunmen to carry out such attacks, telling CBS12 that there is not much that authorities can do to protect those on the list.
“If in fact a sympathizer gets a hold of this list and is readily able to identify you as being his neighbor and, then, decides, because they’re a sympathizer to go out and do something horrific to you, there is no way to calculate the potential or to prevent that.”