Is there an Islamic State attack threat on American churches for Christmas Eve and Day religious services? According to FBI spokesman Andrew Ames, yes. He said in a press release:
The FBI is aware of the recent link published online that urges attacks against U.S. churches. As with similar threats, the FBI is tracking this matter while we investigate its credibility.
The warning came after the release of a publicly available list of U.S. churches was shared on jihadi social networks. It also came the same day that Anis Amri, the Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack, was shot and killed near Milan, Italy. After his death was announced, ISIS released a video showing Amri pledging allegiance to the death cult.
ISIS had previously released a statement claiming its influence in the attack that left 12 dead and 56 injured.
Last month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instructed jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.
A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out this year on July 14 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.