ISIS Threats Against Concerts Continue with Image of Cleaver-Wielding Jihadist

ISIS-supporting media groups continued a recent rash of online threats against concert venues with a new depiction of a jihadist clad in a hooded sweatshirt wielding a cleaver.

In the last week of September, Al-Abd Al-Faqir Media released a poster depicting a jihadist blending into a crowd wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. As concert-goers face the stage, the jihadist grips a grenade in his right hand.

“We have prepared for you what never crossed your mind, for our goal is to horrify you and terrorize you and harm you,” the text read.

The first week of October, in a move possibly meant to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas massacre — a mass shooting that ISIS first claimed and now encourages followers to emulate — a poster from Remah Media Production that circulated online showed a jihadist wearing a suit jacket and standing with a large knife behind his back while behind concert-goers.

“Wait for our surprises,” warned the text, signed “Islamic State.” The image used in the poster didn’t single out a specific venue, but appears to have been stock plucked from royalty-free photo site Pixabay, which jihadists have previously used in composing propaganda materials.

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