The video came just as people in San Francisco were celebrating LGBT pride over the weekend, with heightened security measures in place across the city, two weeks after 49 people were gunned down in cold blood at the Pulse gay club in Orlando. Fiftythree other people were injured in the attack.
The video glorifying the hideous crime, according to RT online, has emerged just days after another, made by an alleged American Islamic State fighter.
According to PJ Media, the footage comes courtesy of IS itself, and was made in Mosul. It features several international IS fighters, two of them French-speaking and one Bosnian Muslim, speaking directly to the camera.
Nearly all threats of this sort feature similar content, this one was no exception. It featured iconic San Francisco landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Financial District. It also shows President Barack Obama’s speeches, a slideshow of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, and footage shot by Paris murderer Larossi Abballa, who on June 13 claimed the lives of a police commander and his partner.
A message was included in the video that read: “Arise, O Muslims and kill the unbelievers in their own homes.” This is in keeping with the now traditional calls for more lone wolf attacks on the US the terrorists have been issuing.
The Golden Gate footage appears to have been taken with a handheld camera, possibly a cell phone, while taking a walk along the pedestrian walkway.
San Francisco police did not report any ongoing plots or investigations into potential attacks at this time.