Terror group Islamic State has purportedly decreed its adherents in the United States to attack the hurricane relief centers in Houston and Miami. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the terror group is motivating its followers to carry out the attacks.
The southeast bureau of U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a confidential document saying the terror group Islamic State using social media in order to reach its sympathizers in the U.S. The confidential document issued from the Department of Homeland Security also quoted social media posts from the terror group.
A social media post from the terror group states: “To all the (lone mujahids) in the U,S, (warrior), pop down to Houston and drop in at any of the relief centers housing displaced people from the Houston floods, make sure to bring lots of supplies, gadgets, toys to see if you can help put any (unbeliever) out of their misery.” Department of Homeland Security clarified that the provocative post also included emoji icons, that of a bomb, explosion, gun and knife.
Another post highlighted by in the document said that Allah sent the hurricane, making “a lot of opportunities for soldiers of the Islamic State to target.”
Terror analysts term these posts as aspirational and said that there was little possibility of the threat was on the cards. “These posts appear to be more aspirational than operational, with hopes that their followers would then act on calls for attacks. Incidents involving lone wolf attackers have demonstrated the potential danger, lethality, and effectiveness of a rehearsed small arms or knife attack that can be carried out by a single individual with little or no training. It also underscores the potentially higher consequences of an assault attack involving multiple operatives,” the document quotes terror analysts.
It is also believed that the terror group constantly engages its adherents in the U.S. sympathizers for action. In a similar provocative campaign, ISIS had pushed its adherents in November 2016, to carry out massacre of U.S. voters. Thus far, the ISIS adherents have been found involved in deadly shootings incidents in Orlando and San Bernardino. The attacks claimed about 63 lives.