France raises terror alert for revenge attacks following elimination of al-Baghdadi
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, in a letter to police prefects, called for increased vigilance to prevent possible revenge attacks following the elimination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“The possible intensification of jihadist propaganda following this death, which could possibly call for acts of vengeance, requires the most extreme vigilance, notably during public events in your departments in coming days,” Castaner told local police.
France President Emmanuel Macron has warned that al-Baghdadi’s death does not mean the end of the terror threat.
“It’s only a step, and the fight continues with our partners in the international coalition so that the terrorist organization is definitely defeated”, Macron said on Twitter.
Baghdadi was “a sick and depraved man and now he’s gone”. He was “vicious and violent and he died in a vicious and violent way”, he added.
Videos posted online show airstrikes on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Idlib, gunfire and the aftermath: a burned car, charred bodies, torn limbs left at the scene and a housing complex that has been reduced to rubble.
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