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ISIS threatens surprise knife attacks at concerts

Dancing crowd at concert. (PxHere/Released)
October 08, 2018

An ISIS poster surfaced recently in which it warns of surprise stabbings at concerts.

The poster depicts a jihadist donning a suit jacket while concealing a large knife behind his back. He appears behind concert attendees as they focus their attention on the stage, PJ Media reported.

“Wait for our surprises,” the poster threatens. It’s signed “Islamic State.”

The poster was shared by Remah Media Production, an ISIS-linked media group that has a history of sharing ISIS propaganda.

Other releases from Remah include a poster depicting a jihadist before an American city with a caption threatening to “sink America.” Another poster showed multiple jihadists before an American legislative building and the caption “soon you will taste agony.”

The latest poster follows the one-year anniversary of the country music festival massacre outside Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, which ISIS claimed responsibility for. In the months after the attack, which left 58 dead and hundreds injured, official ISIS media featured pieces in which they referred to Stephen Paddock by name as an associate.

One ISIS newsletter issue showed an infographic depicting a blood-covered Mandalay Bay hotel with the claim that Paddock had converted to Islam six months prior to the attack. Another ISIS newsletter said the massacre “highlights the difficulties faced by U.S. cities to protect their own Crusader citizens from attacks that can take unpredictable forms.”

However, a 187-page investigative report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department concluded that the investigation did not yield any indication that Paddock was affiliated with ISIS. “Paddock was not a religious person, did not believe in any higher power, and found religious people to be ridiculous,” the report concluded.

ISIS has used Paddock’s massacre as an example for affiliated terrorists to follow, however.

Although the connection between ISIS and the Las Vegas massacre cannot be confirmed, ISIS also claimed responsibility for the May 2017 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the UK’s Manchester Arena. The bombing was Britain’s deadliest in 12 years, resulting in 22 dead and 139 injured.

A statement made through ISIS media claimed, “one of the soldiers of the caliphate placed explosive devices in a gathering of crusaders in the middle of the British city of Manchester,” adding that the attack was a response to “transgression against the lands of the Muslims,” Time Magazine reported at the time.

ISIS has been losing their hold on territory in the Middle East as a result of U.S.-backed coalition forces in recent years, which may be prompting the group to pursue a change in terror tactics.