Sports plays an important role in uniting people and it is really unfortunate to see that nowadays it is being targeted by terrorists. The recent times have witnessed several attacks on sports and the Paris attacks last year is still fresh in everyone’s mind where a football match between France and Germany was the target for an attack. And now an Islamic State magazine has made shocking statements encouraging attacks on two of Australia’s most iconic cricket stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
In the report contained in the ‘Rumiyah’ magazine, the terrorist group announced the death of Melbourne jihadist, Ezzit Raad. The group claimed that Raad’s chest was ‘torn open by shrapnel’ and called for attacks on non-believers in Australia.
As per the report of news.com.au, the article stated, “Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards,” the magazine reads.
“Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your vehicles. Kill them wherever you find them until the hollowness of their arrogance is filled with terror and they find themselves on their knees with their backs broken under the weight of regret for having waged a war against the believers, and by Allah’s will, and then through your sacrifices, this Ummah will be victorious,” it added.
Meanwhile, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton claimed that the threats suggested the terrorist group was losing influence and their propaganda arm was hitting out.
“Normally these are in Arabic. But this is the first occasion we’ve had one in English,” Mr. Ashton said. “For us, it’s probably a reflection on the ground that IS are continuing to lose.”
A couple of years ago Australian teenager Adam Dahman blew himself up killing five people. And the article gave a special mention to “those living in Australia in particular” to follow Dahman and Raad. It mentioned, “Follow the path of these righteous souls because there is no other path. The Khilafah [caliphate] has called for you to mobilize from your dens to alleviate the pain afflicting the hearts of the Muslims by striking the kuffar in their homelands.”