Terrorist group ISIS threatens New Year’s celebrations around the world with horrific images and apparently Finland is not excluded.
A series of images posted to an encrypted Telegram channel and seen among others by The Foreign Desk and a pro-ISIS media group, the Nashir Media Foundation, urge potential “lone wolf” attacks in public venues.
In one of the images, a knife-wielding jihadi is chasing Santa Claus. The caption of the image says: “You disbelieving dogs which prepared for Christmas celebrations, be ready for shedding the blood scattering the shreds and funerals, for the eyes of caliphate lions are looking straight towards you and promise you with bitter deaths.”
Another image captures a jihadi waving a knife at a reindeer who is pulling Santa in a sleigh.
The travel companies in Lapland consider the images a potential threat and they have been in contact with each other in regarding security. “We have tightened up our control and increased our readiness,” Sanna Kärkkäinen, CEO of the marketing organization Visit Rovaniemi, said in an interview with the national broadcaster YLE.
The Finnish Security Intelligence Service is aware of the calls to terrorism. “But we are not aware of any single threat against Finland,” said Jyri Rantala, communications chief for the Finnish Security Intelligence Service.
According to the Lapland Police Department, their alert level has not been raised because of the ISIS threats.