By SHAUNA ANDERSON
The call is direct and specific.
“Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever, whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.”
The threat mentions Australia three separate times.
“If you can kill an American or European infidel – especially the spiteful and cursed French – or an Australian or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the infidel fighters … then rely upon God and kill them in any way possible”
And the Government says it is taking it “very very seriously.”
In the first direct threat to Australians Islamic State have issued a fatwa calling for followers to kill Australian citizens.
The chilling threat, issued as an audio file online and translated by SITE intelligence group has circulated on Twitter and social media.
It has called for followers of the terror group to murder civilians in allied countries reports the ABC.
The man who issued the threat, thought to be Islamic State spokesman Muhammad al-Adnani mentions Australia amongst other allies such as the US, France, Europe and Canada.
He says for those who can not find a bomb or a bullet to use a “knife to slaughter or a “rock to bash” a victim to death, “a car to run them down” or “poison to kill them”.
The 11-page statement calls for civilians to die because they belonged to a state waging war against Muslims.
Australians are asked why they are getting involved in Iraq.
“What threat do you pose to the distant place of Australia for it to send its legions towards you?” Adnani says.