A 44-minute propaganda video released by the Islamic State is being called a “credible threat” ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The video features images taken at locations such as the Las Vegas Strip, Times Square, Johns Hopkins Hospital, a church, an airport, a Bank of America, a PNC Bank and several other buildings.
Entitled, “We Will Surely Guide Them To Our Ways,” the video was released last week by Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Ninawa Province. SITE Intelligence Group says the video encourages lone-wolf terrorist attacks, telling extremists to use knives, trucks or to throw people off buildings. The production also demonstrates some of the group’s newly-developed weapons.
A series of street-level video clips showcases iconic hotels on the Vegas Strip, which officials say were taken in 2015. Vegas police are still viewing the video as a credible threat.
“I think anytime somebody goes on the internet and makes a threat that they’re going to conduct a lone-wolf or any type of attack, it’s our responsibility to view it as a credible threat,” said Capt. Christopher Darcy of the Metropolitan Police Department. “It would be irresponsible not to take any threat as credible, especially when made by a group such as ISIS, who has in fact carried out attacks in the past.”
Strip hotels are being asked to be vigilant and to heighten security as a precaution, in response to the video’s release.
Officer Larry Hadfield, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, says when their city is specifically mentioned by groups that subscribe to violence, they will take it seriously.
“Las Vegas has been mentioned in similar videos and publications. This most recent video should serve as a reminder to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity,” Hadfield said.
Last June, ISIS also targeted the popular tourist destination in recruitment videos. In response, Nevada lawmakers passed passed a “More Cops Tax” in order to hire 60 extra officers to patrol the Strip.
Hadfield says the police are prepared. “We continue to work with our local, state, federal and private sector partners to share information and deploy resources to critical areas throughout our city,” he said.
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