New York: The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda propagandists believe that coronavirus is a soldier sent by Allah to avenge Muslim people’s suffering brought by the United States and its allies instead of blaming western or Chinese powers.
A new international study published in journal Global Security: Health, Science and Policy, had analysed the terrorist activities and trends across the globe since the pandemic began.
“In this narrative, the coronavirus is seen as a type of plague sent by God that will kill the enemies of Allah, sparing the believing Muslims,” wrote the authors of the study, as quoted by The Sentinel.
“In May, ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi made a speech in which he compared the pandemic to the biblical story of Moses cursing Pharaoh with the 10 plagues until he relented and let God’s people go,” they noted.
The study also showed concerns that the jihadists will learn from the impact of COVID-19 and “intensify their efforts to switch from the use of complicated devices, bombs, and suicide attacks to biological warfare, and bioterrorism”.
It also demonstrated the evidence of doctoral-level scientists who had been recruited in the ISIS to study the scientific journals about biological and chemical advancements.
The lead author of the study, Arie Kruglanski from the University of Maryland in the US said, “For both the jihadists and the far rights, the pandemic has offered new opportunities and methods for unleashing violence against the objects of their hate,” as quoted by City Today.
“Though everyone’s attention is naturally drawn to the immense health and economic challenges that the pandemic poses, we cannot ignore the potential storm of intensified world terrorism that seems to be gathering in its shadows,” Kruglanski added.
The terror groups are taking full advantage of confusion and uncertainty caused by coronavirus for their sinister schemes which could also lead to a new tide of violence against government and people.
“Terror organisations have used the pandemic as a golden opportunity to tie their messaging to information about the disease and intensify their propaganda for purposes of recruitment and incitement to violence,” Kruglanski stressed.