ISIS supporters have been praising and joking about the low death toll in the wake of the deadly truck rampage in downtown Manhattan after reports of the driver being a suspected terrorist who shouted “Allahu Akbar” just moments after getting out of his vehicle.
Pro-Islamic State channels have posted commemorative posters online — which feature photographs that were taken at the scene and edited images of the Statue of Liberty being blown up.
Rumkmini Callimachi, a correspondent for the New York Times who closely follows the terror network, has been sharing the disturbing propaganda on her Twitter page in the wake of Tuesday’s incident.
Some even discussed what they would have done differently in order to take more innocent lives.
Mocking the attack, Abdullah Sami said: “Trick-or-treat New York City. Alhamdulillah Happy Hauntings,” along with laughing emojis.
The user chillingly added: “If it was my truck it would have been on a much bigger Street.”
According to Callimachi, the pro-ISIS channels are “not official communications by the terrorist group,” but they still offer insight into what supporters have been doing following the attack.
On Twitter, she said: “The channels are part of ISIS’ online ecosystem. I like to think of them as ISIS weathervanes, showing us which way the wind is blowing.”
“Typically the threats are more amorphous – “Attack London! Attack Paris!” I rarely see a date on ISIS threats (though it’s not 1st time),” Callimachi said. “The threat was distributed in at least 4 languages. I don’t know what to make of it. We often see threats. Is the date here meaningful?”
11. They are also making commemorative online posters, marking the occasion: pic.twitter.com/fxsFMUSr6l
— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) October 31, 2017
The vile messages of joy circulated between extremists just hours after a terror cell called on supporters to launch Halloween attacks.
The terror network told fanatics to “terrorize October 31”, alongside a harrowing image of a bloodied machete edited on top of the Eiffel Tower.
Tuesday’s incident in Manhattan left eight people dead and nearly a dozen injured. The driver has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — an Uzbeki national whose last known address was in Tampa, Florida.
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, described the attack as “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians going about their daily lives”.
The FBI and NYPD are investigating.