“The most recent threats made by Islamic State against Belgium should be taken seriously,” advised Montasser AlDe’emeh on Thursday. The video, believed to be from IS and threatening Belgium, was sent to Montasser Alde’emeh, researcher and specialist in Islamic radicalisation. It shows a Jihadist from Antwerp, Abdellah Nouamane, nicknamed Abu Jihad Al-Belgiki, claiming that innocent victims, schools and hospitals may be targetted.
Mr. AlDe’emeh firmly believes the speaker was indeed Antwerp-resident Abdellah Nouamane, despite two other Belgian Jihadists with the same nickname having gone to fight in Syria.
“I was given this recording by a Jihadist from Courtrai, who claimed it was indeed Abdellah Nouamane speaking. I had Abdellah Nouamane’s mother listen to the recording and she recognised her son’s voice,” explained Montasser AlDe’emeh, convinced the threats are real. “The fighters who have gone to Syria are not the only source of danger. IS militants here in Belgium are just as dangerous. You don’t have to go to Syria to attack Belgium,” he added. “We keep underestimating how much IS can influence young people and how frustrated and bitter they can feel towards society.”
The researcher is also calling on the government to implement a consistent policy towards terror. “Some fighters returning from Syria end up behind bars while others don’t. The government must be consistent: anyone associating with IS cannot just walk back into Belgium and pick up where they left off. They must understand that they can’t be with both Belgium AND this terrorist organisation, IS,” he concluded.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)