IS: ‘Soldiers targeted capital of prostitution and obscenity’
Islamic State statement refers to Bataclan concert as ‘profligate prostitution party’
Ultra-orthodox Jewish men pass Jerusalem’s Old City wall as it is illuminated yesterday with the colours of the French national flag in a gesture to show solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images
Macedonia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry is illuminated with the colours of the French national flag in Skopje on Saturday, in tribute to the victims of deadly attacks in Paris. Islamic State jihadists claimed a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris that killed at least 129 people. Photograph: AFP
Members of U2 lay flowers on Saturday at a memorial site near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Kuwait City’s landmark Kuwait Towers are illuminated in the colours of the French national flag yesterday. Photograph: Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on Friday night. This is the first time it has laid claim to any attacks in Europe.
It released a statement in French, referring to a music concert as a “profligate prostitution party”.
Here is an English translation of the statement:
In the name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Very Merciful.
The Very High All Said: “It is He who expelled the ones who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture from their homes at the first gathering. You did not think they would leave, and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah; but (the decree of) Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts (so) they destroyed their houses by their (own) hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, O people of vision.” Surah 59 verse 2.
In a blessed attack for which Allah facilitated the causes for success, a faithful group of the soldiers of the Caliphate – may Allah dignify it and make it victorious – launched out. It targeted the capital of prostitution and obscenity, the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe: Paris.
Youths who divorced the world and went to their enemy seeking to be killed in the cause of Allah, in support of His religion and His Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and his charges, and to put the nose of His enemies in the ground. So they were honest with Allah, we consider them thusly, and Allah conquered through their hands and cast in the hearts of the Crusaders horror in the middle of their land, where eight brothers wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France. Including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams where the imbecile of France, François Hollande, was present.
(They also targeted) the Bataclan Conference Center, where hundreds of apostates had gathered in a profligate prostitution party, and other areas in the 10th and 11th and 18th (arrondissements) and in a co-ordinated fashion. So Paris shook under their feet, and its streets were tight upon them, and the result of the attacks was the death of no less than a hundred Crusaders and the wounding of more. Unto Allah, is all praise and gratitude.
Allah had granted our brothers their wish and gave them what they loved, for they detonated their belts in the gatherings of the disbelievers after running out of ammunition. We ask Allah to accept them among the martyrs and make us follow them.
Let France – and those who walk in its path – know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State. The smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign, and dare to curse our Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes – which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris, and its rotten alleys. This attack is the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.
Allah is the greatest.