As Texas continues to claw back from the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, supporters of ISIS have released a chilling request calling on jihadis to attack displaced individuals at relief centers.
According to messages obtained by Newsweek, a group called “Lone Mujahid” on Monday called on “warriors in the U.S.” to “pop down to Houston and drop in at any of the relief centers housing displaced people from the Houston floods, make sure to bring lots of supplies/gadgets/toys to see if you can help put any kuffs out of their misery.”
The term “kuffs” is a reference to the Arabic word “kuffar,” meaning disbeliever.
“The message ends with emoji icons of an explosion, knife, bomb, gun and medical symbols, such as a pill and an injection,” according to Newsweek.
The alarming directive was posted using an encrypted app called Telegram, which has grown popular with jihadists due to its less-than-strict takedown policies as opposed to other platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
However, calls for violence aren't anything new for the extremist group, which during the 2016 election called for the “slaughter” of Americans as they headed to the polls.
The FBI did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment.