Date
24 January 2017
FBI chief James Comey says he is not aware of any credible threat of a "Paris-type attack" in the United States. Photo: Reuters
FBI chief James Comey says he is not aware of any credible threat of a "Paris-type attack" in the United States. Photo: Reuters

Jihadists outline chilling plans to attack White House

Islamic jihadists have released chilling plans to carry out suicide attacks and car bombings on the White House and more carnage in France.

The new threat came in a six-minute video released on Thursday in which the extremists applauded last week’s attacks in France which killed more than 130 people.

Reuters obtained a translated transcript of the Arabic warning from Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group.

It came one day after the militants put out a video showing scenes of New York City, which suggested it was also a target.

Islamic State, which controls a large territory in Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for last Friday’s attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed.

FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday he was not aware of any credible threat of a “Paris-type attack” in the United States.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told CNN that Thursday’s video was being examined to determine its “veracity”.

“Everybody here in the United States government are taking these threats seriously,” he said.

The US Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video.

The video opens with television news clips of the Paris attacks and then shows two militants separately speaking to the camera.

Titled “Paris Before Rome,” the video shows an Islamic State fighter threatening to “pound” French monuments and vowing to strike at the White House.

“We will blow it up, the same as we blew up the idols in this good land,” one fighter says, referring to the White House.

The second fighter threatens U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. “We will grill them … with (explosive) belts and car bombs.”

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