ISIS on Thursday released a series of images urging its members in Germany to carry out Brussels-style attacks across Germany with specific targets focusing on the Köln Bonn airport and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the photo that singles out the Kiln Bonn airport, an ISIS figure is seen looking at the airport with the caption: “What your brothers in Belgium were able to do, you can do too.”
Another photo depicts a jihadi and a tank outside Merkel’s office, which is up in flames. The caption on that photo reads: “Germany is a Battlefield.”
The third image addresses Germany’s involvement in airstrikes against the militant group and the resulting impact on innocent civilians. A military jet, identified as a Tornado, is seen flying against a mountainous region with the bloodied faces of women and children mixed in. Followers are asked: “Will you continue to grieve or will you finally act?”
These photos, which were made available to the public by the SITE Intelligence Group, are concerning, but according to a Reuters report, Germany’s BKA federal police have been aware of the threat and do not believe they warrant any additional security.
“It is clear that Germany is the focus of international terrorism and that attacks could happen, but this material doesn’t change our security assessment,” a BKA spokeswoman said on the release of the photos.
According to federal police chief Holger Muench, ISIS is targeting Europe for further attacks as the group sees itself suffering setbacks on the battlefield.