France raises terror alert for revenge attacks following elimination of al-Baghdadi

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.

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” President Trump announced in a televised address the elimination of al-Baghdadi following a special operation carried out by a US task force in northwestern Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died running in a tunnel, whimpering and screaming before detonating himself and three small children with an explosive vest, President Trump said. 

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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