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ISIS (Daesh) celebrate the Brussels attacks, releases propaganda video

Entitled ‘Humiliation of the Crudaders of Europe’, the film features two Belgian jihadis praising the attacks

Isis has released a propaganda video praising the recent terror attacks in Brussels, featuring two Belgian jihadis talking about the attacks.

The seven-minute long film, released on an Isis-linked website, features news footage taken in the aftermath of the attacks on Brussels Airport and Molenbeek Metro station, which killed at least 31 people and wounded up to 270 others.

Entitled “Humiliation of the Crusaders of Europe,” the film attempts to present the bombings as part of a holy war between Christianity and Islam.

“This is just the beginning of your nightmare”, a Belgian Isis fighter, Abu Abdullah al-Beljiki, warns.

The jihadi, whose real name is thought to be Lotfi Aoumeur, appeared in a previous Isis video threatening Brussels last year.

The video, thought to be filmed in Mosul, also uses footage of the capture of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam.

It also mistakenly claims an old video of an attack in Russia was from the bombings in Brussels.

In an effort to provoke more attacks, the aftermath of air strikes against Isis are shown along with the claim the Brussels attacks were revenge for civilian deaths.

Religious songs (nasheeds) are heard in Arabic, and a picture is shown of young boys dressed in camouflage, sitting with assault rifles and reading the Quran.

A map of Belgium exploding is shown three times throughout the video. An Isis militant is also shown shooting an assault rifle at drawings of human-shaped targets on a wall.

Towards the end of the video, Isis jihadis can be seen handing out sweets to celebrate the attacks.

Another propaganda video released in the wake of the Brussels attacks shows a picture of Donald Trump in flames as he gives an interview in the aftermath of Tuesday’s bombings.

Analysts have said Isis propaganda videos form part of the group’s routine strategy, using alarmist statements by politicians and news anchors as a “trophy to declare victory”.

A previous statement released by Isis claimed Belgium was targeted as “a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State,” although the country only carried out a limited bombing campaign in Iraq before stopping air strikes in June 2015.

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