During this global era of crisis and calamity, the last thing that any of us are looking to deal with is an uptick in international terrorism.
We’re already grappling with enough trouble these days: Racist extremists, “murder hornets”, 5000-mile-wide Saharan dust storms, and, most notably, a global pandemic. There’s enough chaos to be had already without ISIS or some other outfit ramping up their efforts to spread evil around the globe.
But, this is 2020 after all, and it’s easy to feel like the entire human race are the victims of some insidious practical joke where the hits just keep coming.
Head of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Anti-Terrorism Centre, Andrei Novikov, said units were recruiting “Jihad soldiers”.
He added that they are being told to spread Covid-19 in public places.
The disease has sparked a global pandemic and has killed more than 500,000 since it emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.
But according to Russian intelligence, it could be exploited by terror units.
Novikov said: “While governments are trying to ensure health security, focusing on protecting the lives and health of their people, recruiters of international terrorist groups are not just taking advantage of the difficult situation in order to recruit more ‘Jihad soldiers,’ they are calling on infected members to spread COVID-19 as wide as possible in public places, state agencies and so on.”
This news comes as states around the nation are experiencing a swift resurgence in coronavirus cases, forcing many, such as Florida and Texas, to stall or roll back plans to reopen some parts of their economies.
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