Islamic State have released two videos calling for more acts of terrorism to be carried out in France in retaliation for the nation’s involvement in conducting airstrikes against the terrorist group, and called Nice attacker Bouhlel an “inspired Muslim”.
The Telegraph reported that Islamic State’s media arms Wilayat Nineveh and Wilayat al-Furat have released two new videos calling for more lone wolf terror attacks on France.
In the first video released by Wilayat al-Furat an Islamic State fighter, who spoke in French and concealed himself in a black shroud, praised the Nice Bastille Day terror attack. Continuing, he described Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed 84 people including many children, as an “inspired Muslim”.
The terrorist then called on others to follow Bouhlel’s example and attack France “whose air force continues to kill innocent Muslims in Iraq and Syria”, in reference to France’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State in the region.
He then proceeded to quote from Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani’s “Die in your rage” speech where he calls on Muslims living in the West to commit attacks of terrorism. In the speech Adnani urges Muslims to “kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French…in any manner or way however it may be”.
In the second video, released by Wilayat Nineveh, two fighters threaten to “intensify” attacks, and claim that the Bastille Day attack was proof of the terrorist organisation’s capabilities. The video then shows the terrorists beheading two men accused of being Iraqi Shiite soldiers, before the camera pans to a crowd of locals who say that the victims in Nice “had it coming to them” .
The propaganda videos were released following the Bastille Day attack, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, where Bouhlel ploughed a truck through a crowd of people injuring hundreds and claiming 84 lives including those of ten children. Victims were returning from the beach in Nice after a firework display on 14 July, France’s national holiday.