screen capture from an Islamic State recruitment video. A recent release
called on Australians to get into their cars and get a big knife.
Islamic State has long called for the use of cars and trucks in terrorist attacks.
most recent call only weeks ago, during Ramadan, came in a
sophisticated video production which ordered followers to “fill your
cars with gas” and specifically mentioned Australia.
The image purportedly shows a driver preparing to run over crowds in Australia.
International Centre for the Study of Violent Extremism has obtained
the video, which it describes as sophisticated and disturbing.
during Ramadan and produced by the Isis media centre, the video shows
images of American soldiers returned injured and the beheading of
Westerners, and calls for ISIS followers to conduct attacks in their
The New Zealand flag featured in an Isis propaganda
film last year when it was cited as one of 60 nations in “The global
coalition against the Islamic State”.
Drs Anne Speckhard and Ahmet Yayla, from the ICSVE, say the video is disturbing.
your cars with gas … the video instructs as it shows an Isis soldier
readying to run civilians down. Realistic depictions of attacks are
illustrated on the film: a suicide vest attack in New York City, a
sniper attack in London, activating a German sleeper cell, and a driver
of an SUV preparing to run over crowds in Australia. The film references
using an explosive-laden truck attack,” the ICSVE report says.
The video is subtitled in English and accompanied by chanting in German.
comes as authorities revealed the driver of the truck was a 31-year-old
Frenchman of Tunisian origin. His ID was found in the truck’s cabin.
In speeches and in videos previously Isis have suggested using cars and trucks as weapons to kill as many people as possible.
years ago the Isis spokesman Mohammed al-Adani, in a speech, called for
the killing of disbelievers, including in Australia, using any means
whatsoever, such as “run him over with your car”.
“If you can
kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and
filthy French – or an Australian or a Canadian, or any of the other
disbelievers waging ware (against us), including the citizens of the
countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then
rely upon Allah and kill them in any manner or way however it may be.
Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife or run him
over with your car or throw him down from a high place or choke him or
poison him,” al-Adani said at the time.
His words were
highlighted by Peter Neumann, the director of the International Centre
for the Study of Radicalisation at Kings College in London.
Mr Neumann also pointed out that “dozens and dozens” of people from Nice have gone to Syria to join IS.
An Isis propaganda video in 2014, recorded in French, the call to kill people with cars was reiterated.
you are unable to come to Syria or Iraq then pledge allegiance in your
place – pledge allegiance in France. Operate within France. There are
weapons and cars available and targets read to hit … kill them and
spit in their faces and run over them with your cars.”
too has called for the deadly practice in an edition of the group’s
Inspire magazine, describing pick-up trucks as the “ultimate mowing
machine” to mow down the Kuffar.
“The idea is to use a pick-up truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah,” the magazine said.