The extremists are distributing warped propaganda containing pledges to attack fans and players with guns, knives and vehicles. Argentina’s Messi and Portugal’s Ronaldo have become the latest targets in an image circulated by ISIS.
The players are pictured being pinned to the ground with their heads being hacked off in a packed football stadium by masked jihadi fighters. Captioned “Your blood will fill the ground”, the poster shows two terrorists in balaclavas and grey jumpsuits crouched over Messi and Ronaldo.
Other propaganda posters show ISIS threatening “we will be there” in front of a picture of the World Cup logo. Guns, knives and bombs are also urged to be used by ISIS fighters.
And the poster even includes a guide to the “deadly points in the human body” for “targeting the infidels in or out of stadiums”. Posters include ISIS urging terrorists “kill them all” and promising to make it an “explosive cup”.
ISIS often produces propaganda in run-up to major events in means to incite violence and scare people. The latest shocking threats were revealed by cyber intelligence firm Sixgill which monitors ISIS chatter and probes the so-called Dark Web.
Sixgill revealed chat had intensified up over the past week with a series of direct threats to the World Cup. The tournament kicks off on June 14 and Russian authorities have been working non-stop smashing terrorist rings ahead of the global showpiece.