In advance of the anniversary of the attempted Christmas Day bombing by Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, online jihadists have increased their calls to emulate his attack, promising special "presents" to Western countries during the holiday season.
Shumukh Al-Islam jihadi forum member "ayman435" called upon fellow Muslims to "target churches during Christmas celebrations, meaning at a time when the churches are packed [with worshipers]." The member was referring to the churches in Egypt, where such attacks would come as a response to the increased sectarian tension between the Coptic Church and Muslims in Egypt.
The member provided a lengthy list of Coptic churches in Egypt and around the world, from the U.S. to Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.K., including their web addresses, physical address, and phone numbers, all for possible targeting.
"ayman435" then provided a link to a previous post on the same forum that includes step-by-step instructions for homemade bombs, in order to "make the attack [against the churches] a deadly and surprising [one]."
In a different post, "Qahir Al-CIA" ("Subjugator of the CIA") threatens Western countries, the U.N. and NATO saying that the countdown for an attack has begun, and adding "You have chosen this war, so bear the consequences of your mistakes."
The post included photos of Umar Farouq, a car bomb, and explosive packages; the author referred to them as Christmas "presents."
Earlier this week, another online jihadist suggested confusing authorities in the West with an overwhelming number of false threats about imminent attacks during the holiday season, in order to produce an overall state of confusion among the enemy.
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