An unnerving selfie has emerged, showing a man donning an ISIS face scarf posed in front of a well-known landmark in the city. The image posted on December 30 with the caption, “We are in your home,” on a pro-ISIS channel in Telegram, a messaging app. The photo was published not long after an ISIS video called for more attacks.
In the scene captured by the man wearing the ISIS face scarf, people can be seen walking down a snow-covered 5th Avenue in New York City, across the street from the popular Metropolitan Museum of Art.
An ISIS issued video recently called for more bomb and knife attacks against Americans, and a poster showed an ISIS militant wielding a knife and featured the words, “It’s cheaper than a chainsaw.”
The selfie was also released not long after another image, showing West Street in New York, displayed an ISIS flag on a phone screen appeared online, just days before the Halloween attack where a rented truck was driven down a bicycle path, resulting in eight deaths. The suspect declared the attack was made in the name of the Islamic State, though that he acted alone.
In the ISIS video, the terror group called on their supporters to engage in more attacks, including by using firearms, knives, and pressure cookers rigged as bombs. It also included a list of target recommendations, ranging from churches to nightclubs to stadiums.
The video also featured a number of Western cities, with shots of Brussels, Los Angeles, and Paris.
Less than two months after the attack on the bicycle path, New York commuters fled a subway station after a terrorist attempted to detonate a suicide bomb, though the device, which was not deemed to be sophisticated, appeared to malfunction as it went off.
Other than the suspect, who had viewed ISIS propaganda online and told investigators that the attack was in retaliation for US military actions in the Middle East, no other serious injuries were reported.
According to the Daily Mail, MEMRI, a terror-monitoring group, examined the selfie, but could not verify its authenticity, including whether or not the image was photoshopped.