Jihadis are spreading chilling selfies of a man brandishing ISIS logos while posing on New York City streets, according to new reports.
The photos were spotted in pro-Islamic State channels on instant messaging app Telegram, according to terror watchdog group Memri.One shows a man wearing an ISIS-branded scarf over his face outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art — and right near an NYPD security camera. The photo was originally posted on pro-ISIS telegram channels and chat groups around December 30, and then spread to Google Plus, according to an intelligence group that monitors online propaganda from ISIS. A second image was shared a few days later, showing a telephone with an ISIS logo on the screen being held up in front of One World Trade Center, the building that replaced the twin towers, which were destroyed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“NYPD investigating ‘ISIS selfies’ outside NYC museum: report,” by Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, January 3, 2018
Authorities in New York are reportedly investigating photographs of a possible ISIS supporter taking selfies outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in view of One World Trade Center.
The chilling images, that began circulating on social media over the weekend, shows an individual posing while wearing an ISIS-branded scarf over his face.
The picture was captioned with “We are in your own Backyard,” according to The New York Daily News.
“The NYPD is aware of the photograph. As with all terror related threats, the NYPD is looking into the incident. At this time there are no credible threats related to New York City,” an NYPD spokesman told the newspaper on Tuesday.
Another photograph subject to the investigation is a snap of a person holding a phone with an ISIS flag in the shadows of the One World Trade Center building. The image was reportedly taken in a similar spot where, weeks later, the Manhattan truck attacker killed eight people.
Eric Feinberg, the co-founder of GIPEC, a cyber-intelligence company that tracks terrorism-related hashtags, told the Daily News that imagery like that are aimed at spreading fear and possibly inspiring so-called lone wolf attacks.
But he warned that it remains unclear whether the pictures are authentic, adding that they may have been doctored. “Maybe it’s Photoshopped, maybe it’s not. It should be taken seriously,” he said….
The photos come just weeks after an ISIS-inspired bomber tried to blow himself up at the Port Authority Bus Terminal during rush hour.ISIS regularly threatens to attack U.S. cities, but police say they are unaware of any credible threat being made at the moment.
ISIS regularly threatens to attack U.S. cities, but police say they are unaware of any credible threat being made at the moment.