On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security threats. Beginning Monday, subscribers were notified of reports of multiple explosions in the St. Petersburg, Russia metro. In this incident, an improvised explosive device packed with nails went off inside a train car as it was moving between two stations. Reports from both stations led authorities to initially believe there were two explosions. 14 were killed in the blast and more than 50 injured. Eight suspects are currently in custody and additional explosive devices have been discovered during subsequent raids.
Islamic State Magazine 'Rumiyah'
On Thursday AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of the latest issue of the Islamic State's online magazine known as Rumiyah. Published in multiple languages, this issue calls on followers to kill unbelievers, steal their wealth and cause economic harm to their businesses. Within an article entitled, 'The Kafir's Wealth is Halal, So take It', the following encouragement is given to readers:
Just as the blood of the kafir is halal to shed, so too is the kafir’s wealth halal to take.
Additional, the article explains:
Whether the financial damage is on an individual kafir or the cause of perpetual loss to a business, the Muslim in Dar al-Kufr (the Land of Disbelief) has the opportunity to follow this blessed sunnah, striking terror by stalking the kuffar and causing them economic harm. There should be no misunderstanding about the excellence of this deed, as taking this wealth is in accordance with the command of Allah.
|AlertsUSA cautions business owners and managers that it would be prudent to take note of this call to action and to carefully evaluate your vulnerabilities. Many Muslims want to participate in the jihad (as is mandated in the Koran), but not everyone is inclined to travel to a distant battlefield or become a martyr.
Stockholm Truck Attack
On Friday AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of an incident within which a truck was once again used as a weapon to intentionally mow down pedestrians, this time along a walking mall in Stockholm, Sweden. Four people were killed and 15 others wounded, nine critically. Police have one suspect in custody. Multiple witnesses claim the truck was intentionally being steered back and forth to strike pedestrians before crashing into a upscale department store. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said all indications were that it was a terror attack.
Readers are reminded that the specific tactic of using cars and trucks to mow down pedestrians has been repeatedly called for by the Islamic State in different publications, internet videos and on social media. It is likely the tempo of such attacks will continue to increase in the U.S. and Europe, necessitating a reminder to maintain a high level of vigilance when in large public gatherings.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.