Beirut (dpa) – An audio recording released in the name of the Islamic State extremist group Monday called for attacks on Turkey and on Turkish embassies and consulates worldwide.
“We call on every sincere monotheist to hit every branch of the atheist, apostate Turkish government everywhere … and every embassy and consulate that represents it in every country across the world,” a spokesman identified as Abu Hassan al-Muhajir said.
dpa could not independently verify the authenticity of the recording but it was consistent with previous statements issued by the jihadist group.
The message appeared to be the first from al-Muhajir – a pseudonym indicating a “migrant” to the organization‘s territory‘s – after the group‘s previous spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, was killed in a US airstrike in northern Syria in August.
“The identity of #ISIS‘ new spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, is unknown and will likely stay this way to avoid being killed,” Rita Katz, head of the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist media, wrote on Twitter.
In August Turkey and allied rebel forces intervened in northern Syria, driving Islamic State from the last stretches of the border between the two countries that it still controlled.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in early November called on his group‘s fighters to invade Turkey. Days later the group claimed a deadly bomb attack on a police station in the country‘s mainly Kurdish south-east.
It was the first Islamic State claim of an attack inside Turkey, although authorities have blamed it for previous attacks, mainly on Kurdish targets, that killed about 250 people.