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Islamic State tirade urges new attacks in Australia

Graham Ashton says the threats are being taken seriously. Photo: AAP
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Terror group Islamic State is urging lone-wolf killings of Australians in their backyards, their suburban streets and public places like the Sydney Opera House and the MCG.

“Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your vehicles. Kill them wherever you find them,” a newsletter titled Rumiyah says.

“Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards.”

Justice Minister Michael Keenan is calling it another desperate attempt by the terror group to attract more supporters in the face of substantial territory losses and dwindling numbers of foreign fighters.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has urged the public not to be alarmed and said much of the material had previously been published in Arabic.

“At this stage there is nothing of any concern,” he said on Tuesday in Melbourne, where a terror plot planned for Anzac Day was thwarted last year.

“This appears to be propaganda … at this particular time.”

Mr Ashton said the only new content appeared to be a poem encouraging followers to commit acts of violence in several Australian locations.

A similar publication had been published in French, German and Indonesian, Mr Ashton said.

In each of those versions country-specific locations were substituted.

“There’s nothing at this stage that would suggest that there’s any specific threats that we need to action immediately,” he said.

“The national threat level ‘probable’ hasn’t changed.”

Victorians should not change their behaviour: Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities were nevertheless taking the publication seriously.

“These threats are all too real,” Mr Andrews told reporters.

Premier Daniel Andrews is under fire for payments during his campaign.
Daniel Andrews: “These threats are all too real.” Photo: AAP

He implored Victorians to continue going about their business.

“That’s a sign of strength and sends a very clear message that we will not be intimidated by these sorts of cowardly threats,” Mr Andrews said.

“We are all in this together.”

Victoria Police has liaised with the AFL and Mr Ashton encouraged people to enjoy the upcoming finals at the MCG.

“If you are planning on going to the footy this weekend you can do so confidently,” he said.

Mr Keenan said Islamic State had lost close to half the territory it held in Iraq, up to 20 per cent of territory in Syria with recent reports indicating numbers of fighters had fallen to record lows.

The MCG has been named as a target for IS terrorists. Photo: Getty

“ISIL morale is imploding and their brand is crumbling. ISIL regularly calls for attacks against the West and this is not the first time they have called for attacks against Australia,” he said in a statement.

The magazine carries an article on Melbourne man Ezzit Raad, convicted of a terror plot in Australia who subsequently travelled to the Middle East to join IS.

Mr Ashton wouldn’t comment on the claim in the publication that Raad had been killed fighting in Syria.

It says he’d been fighting in the Syrian city of Manbij. The government says 65 Australians have died fighting with the group.

Rumiyah urges revenge for the death, describing Australia as a land cloaked in darkness and corrupted by “kufr, fornication, and all forms of vice”.