Video calling for revenge against France released before Nice attack

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10/29/2020 10:12:00 PM

Video calling for revenge against France released before Nice attack

The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent.

✕France Attack(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)A prominent Islamic-State operative urged followers to use violence and cut off heads in revenge for French government’s stance on controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammed, just a day before a knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two others at a church in Nice.

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Just a day before the attack on 28 October, Isis media operative Turjuman al-Asawirti released a graphic video titled"Defend him [Prophet Muhammad] by striking off [their] heads]", via the secure messaging app Telegram, where it has been widely shared by other Isis sympathisers.

The slick video hailed 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov as a hero. Anzorov beheaded a teacher, Samuel Paty, in France earlier this month after he discussed cartoons of the prophet with his class. Al-Asawirti urged others to follow in Anzorov’s footsteps.

 Al-Asawirti’s video followed a similar call to arms on Sunday by Al-Qaeda supporters who also used social media to encourage violent attacks on France and French interests both locally and abroad, again because of the French authorities defence of the display of the insulting cartoons.

 In Al-Asawirti’s video he accused the West and French President Emmanuel Macron specifically of “declaring war” on Prophet Mohammed and warned that Mr Macron will “regret” his actions.It has sparked fears it is part of an ongoing attempt by supporters of both Isis and its arch-rival al-Qaeda to garner support for their extremist cause by stoking widespread anger in many Muslim countries.

Footage of the 2015 attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is also shown, followed by a TV news report about the recent killing of Mr Paty. A caption in the video declares:"Mocking God's messenger Muhammad... is a declaration of an all-out war on Islam and Muslims".

Furious protesters across Muslim-majority countries have taken to the streets to denounce France.  Read more: The Independent »

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