New Propaganda Emphasizes Attacks at Large Gatherings

Since the beginning of May, al-Qa’ida, as well as its affiliate al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and ISIS have disseminated new propaganda, encouraging homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) to target large gatherings and outdoor events in the United States during the summer months.

  • In an audio statement released on May 13, Hamza bin Ladin—a son of deceased al-Qa’ida leader Usama bin Ladin—directed followers to AQAP’s English-language magazine, Inspire, which offers tactical guidance to sympathizers, such as choosing low security targets and case studies on past attacks. Hamza also encouraged sympathizers to use “patience” and to “take [the] lead in inflicting losses.”
     
  • On May 6, AQAP leader Qasim al-Rimi released the group’s first Inspire Address, instructing HVEs in the United States to carry out “easy and simple attacks.” Rimi also encouraged sympathizers to act “the same as our brother Omar Mateen did, he took an AK47 and headed towards their gathering,” referring to the Orlando shooting in June 2016.
     
  • On May 4, ISIS published the ninth edition of its English-language online magazine, Rumiyah, advising followers to choose “ideal target locations,” which include movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, and public swimming pools.
 
 

NJOHSP has no information on threats to New Jersey during this upcoming summer season. However, we encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something suspicious, report it to a police officer or to the NJOHSP Counterterrorism Watch at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365). You can also report suspicious activity to tips@njohsp.gov. For additional resources and information, visit www.njohsp.gov/infrastructure-protection-resource-sheets.

  • NJOHSP provides training in improvised explosive device search procedures, medical preparedness and response to bombing incidents, homemade explosives awareness and response, complex coordinated attack response, and New Jersey’s threat environment.
     
  • NJOHSP facilitates physical security site assessments in coordination with county infrastructure coordinators, risk mitigation planners, and law enforcement. It also compiles a list of special events scheduled throughout the state. To share information on upcoming events in your jurisdiction, submit a Special Events Form at www.njohsp.gov/special-events-submission-form.


For more information, please contact NJOHSP's Analysis Bureau at analysis@njohsp.gov or 609-584-4000.