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IS now trains guns on Russia, threatens Putin in video calling brothers to arms

world Updated: Aug 01, 2016 11:01 IST
Islamic State

The Islamic State has called on its brothers to attack Russia, and even threatened Russian president Vladimir Putin. Russia and US have been in talks over boosting their military ties in fighting the IS in Syria.(AP File Photo)

After calling for attacks on the US and European countries, the militant Islamic State (IS) has now shifted focus to Russia, calling on its ‘brothers’ to wage jihad.

In a nine-minute video on Youtube, a masked man driving a car yells, “Listen Putin, we will come to Russia and will kill you at your homes ... Oh Brothers, carry out jihad and kill and fight them,” wagging his finger in the last couple of minutes .

The video with subtitles showed footage of armed men attacking armoured vehicles and tents and collecting arms in the desert. “Breaking into a barrack of the Rejectionist military on the international road south Akashat,” read one subtitle.

The video is yet to be independently verified, but the link to the footage was published on a Telegram messaging account used by the militant group.

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It was not immediately clear why Russia would be a target, but Russia and the US are talking about boosting military and intelligence cooperation against IS and al Qaeda in Syria.

There have been a string of deadly attacks claimed by IS in Europe over the past weeks after the militant group called on its supporters to take action with any available weapons targeting countries it has been fighting.

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Last week, assailants loyal to IS forced an elderly Catholic priest in France to his knees before slitting his throat. Since the mass killing in Nice, southern France, on July 14, there have been four incidents in Germany, including the most recent suicide bombing at a concert in Ansbach.

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