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Photos showing ISIS jihadis walking New York City streets surface online

January 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Photos showing ISIS jihadis walking New York City streets surface online

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The New York City Police Department is on heightened alert after selfies showing ISIS jihadists posing on New York City streets surfaced online.

According to the terror watchdog group, Memri, the photos, which first appeared on pro-ISIS instant messaging app Telegram, shows a man with a scarf bearing the Islamic State brand concealing his face standing outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pedestrians can be seen in the image walking the snow-covered city streets in the background with an NYPD security camera nearby.

Another photo shows a purported ISIS recruit standing on Manhattan’s Westside Highway, in the shadow of the World Trade Center viewed in the background, holding a smartphone bearing an Islamic State logo on the screen.

The NYPD said it was investigating the images and maintained there are “no credible threats related to New York City.”

However, law enforcement officials refused to say if investigators are reviewing security footage or what else it’s doing to ascertain whether there is a conceivable threat posed to the Big Apple.

A second image shows an ISIS recruit holding a phone bearing an ISIS flag in the shadow of the rebuilt Freedom Tower

“Police see these kinds of photos all the time, and they often end up being fakes,” law enforcement sources told the New York Post.

The images surface just weeks after an ISIS-inspired bomber attempted to detonate an explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the height of rush hour.

Akayed Ullah told FBI  investigators that he became radicalized through online propaganda.

In recent weeks, media channels tied to the terror group has ramped up threats, which includes urging followers to carry out knife attacks at churches across the U.S.

 

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