Before Manhattan truck attack, ISIS issued blood-curdling warning for Halloween

One day before the deadly terror attack in New York City, a disturbing warning and call to action was issued by ISIS for Halloween.

“Enjoy their gathering. Terrorize October 31,” read the text with an image of a knife dripping blood over the Eiffel Tower. Circulated by a pro-ISIS media group on Monday, the message called on lone jihadists to launch attacks on Halloween and included the hashtag, #Paslechoix: “no choice.”

The message included the warning: “Get out before it’s too late.”‘

(Image: screenshot via PJ Media)

The Centre Médiatique An-Nûr produced the image, according to PJ Media. The group, which also distributes the Islamic State’s Rumiyah magazine in French, has also produced jihadist operations videos in French and videos teaching how online jihadis can practice web security.

ISIS supporters reportedly praised the deadly attack in New York City on Tuesday afternoon that left eight people dead and several others injured as a driver plowed a truck through a bicycle path. The suspected driver, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by police and was taken into custody.

Saipov, who lived in New Jersey and for a time, in Florida, came to America from Uzbekistan in 2010 according to New York’s Daily News. He passed the Uber background check and was an active driver for the last six months. Authorities indicated that Saipov had pledged his allegiance to ISIS before the Halloween attack notes written in Arabic were found near the vehicle as well as a picture of the ISIS black flag.

Some witnesses claimed the suspect screamed “Allahu Akbar” when got out of the vehicle after driving through pedestrians and bikers in lower Manhattan.

President Trump tweeted following the attack, calling the suspect a “very sick and deranged person.

He also called out the act of terror and ISIS.

Though ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the attack, “pro-ISIS channels have reportedly been posting vile posters online featuring photographs from the scene,” the UK Express reported.

“In general ISIS doesn’t claim attacks if perpetrator is in custody,” New York Times reporter, Rukmini Callimachi, who has covered the terror group since 2014, told Express.

In a series of tweets, Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group said the attack “fits the style” of recent ISIS inspired attacks.

“Amid losses in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has ramped up calls for supporters to perform attacks in the US and among other Western nations,” she wrote in another tweet. The security group tracks the online activity of jihadist organisations.

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