An ISIS jihadist has issued a chilling new threat to carry out terror atrocities in Spanish resorts visited by thousands of British tourists. In a ranting article, he urges followers to use bombs and machine guns to avenge ‘crimes committed by Spain against Muslims.’
UK Daily Mail Author Abu Marya Al-Aseef even ordered jihadists to kidnap Spaniards and behead them or use them as bargaining tools in prisoner exchanges. Nightclubs, cafes, bars and cinemas were also mentioned as intended targets.
The article, called ‘Spain (of) Fernando, We Vow (to seek) Revenge’ was published by the ISIS-affiliated Al-Wafa’ media outlet and was seen by the US terror monitoring group, MEMRI.
According to The Daily Express, the article said: ‘As their governments kill our brothers, so should we (seek) revenge and reprisal.’
Al-Aseef said Spain killed tens of thousands of Muslims in the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa more than 800 years ago in 1212.
He reportedly added that Spanish troops were ‘still killing Muslims in the eastern and western parts of the earth, sometimes with bomb-carrying air jets and other times with the direct participation (of forces) on the ground’.
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, more than 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year.
The department says on its website that there is a ‘high treat’ of terrorism in the country. It adds: ‘Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.
‘The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities.’