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ISIS Called For Ramming Attacks Against The West During Ramadan

ISIS has long been using the sacred month to carry out terror attacks against its enemies

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Vocativ
Jun 03, 2017 at 6:09 PM ET

The Islamic State terror group’s main propaganda channels called upon supporters to carry out lone wolf attacks against Westerners during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan over the weekend. The group published a poster featuring a handgun, a knife, and a truck that reads in Arabic and English “gain benefit from Ramadan” and “kill civilians of the Crusaders, run over them by vehicles.”

The channels, on the messaging app Telegram, have thousands of followers, the biggest of which is called the Nashir Agency, responsible for disseminating official ISIS propaganda.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time of prayer, fasting, and devotion. ISIS has long used the sacred month as justification for carrying out terror attacks. “Ramadan has been marred by increased terrorist violence around the world, as the Islamic State has attempted to transform it into a month of unparalleled bloodshed,” write Amarnath Amarasingam and Charlie Winter in The Atlantic. Last June, ISIS supporter Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

ISIS claimed responsibility for several “lone wolf” truck attacks against the West, including the attack in the French city of Nice that killed 84 people on Bastille Day last July, the assault that killed 12 people in Berlin last December, and the terror attack in London that killed three people and injured dozens when a man drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March.