ISIS Group Behind World Cup Threats Vows 'More Bitter and Greater' Manhattan Attacks
The pro-ISIS media group behind a recent string of threats against the 2018 World Cup lauded the Manhattan truck attack and warned of more bloodshed to come in posters distributed to online supporters today.
The propaganda wave comes as official ISIS channels, including the affiliated Amaq news agency, have not yet taken credit for the attack -- even as terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov reportedly asked for an ISIS flag to be hung above his hospital bed.
One of the posters from the Wafa' Media Foundation, labeled "Manhattan" with a backdrop of burning, crumbling skyscrapers and a semi-truck -- significantly more truck than the flatbed pickup Saipov rented from Home Depot -- shows a masked, armed jihadist standing before the scene. Whereas this jihadist wields a rifle, Saipov brandished a paintball gun and a pellet gun -- and had a stun gun in his truck -- before he was shot in the abdomen by a real bullet from an NYPD officer.
"O worshippers of the cross in USA," the poster states. "Our lone wolves will come to you from where you do not know and we will terrorize you wherever you are and we will show you multitudes of terror and pain that you showed to the Muslims, and what is coming is more bitter and greater."
In May 2016, Wafa' warned in a message to the citizens of Spain and all Spanish-speaking countries that lone jihadists existing in those areas would kill the "disbelievers" as "previously planned." In August 2016, the media foundation said that jihadists had to step up their game to make attacks in Spain worse than terrorist operations in France. Wafa' pressed jihadists to kidnap or kill Spanish nationals.