Jihadists Celebrate Deadly Australian Fires
A bushfire burns out of control in the Kiewa Valley towards the town of Dederang in the Victoria Alps. Australian police were investigating fresh arson attacks and looting Wednesday as survivors returned to towns devastated by wildfires that continued to burn across vast areas. (AFP/Torsten Blackwood)
Senior analyst at SITE Intelligence Group Adam Raisman said they were posting pictures of burnt homes and devastated victims and “taking joy in the scenes”, the Sunday Herald Sun reports.
One jihadist wrote: “It would be an act of revenge for Australian’s participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Bushfires victims said they were stunned.
“We’re minding our own business and trying to cope with all this and they are celebrating our suffering,” said Denise McCann who lost her home in the Kinglake blaze.
Regional Islamic Council vice-president Dr Ameer Ali said the comments did not represent the wider Muslim community.