New York City Terrorism Reveals New ISIS Tactic On the Rise

ISIS approves of using unconventional weapons

a mangled pickup truck with police tape and an officer in NYC

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck, a day after it was used in the terror attack. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State called for supporters to use vehicles as weapons, although it did not claim responsibility for this event. According to the extremist monitor SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS supporters cheered the attack. CNN reported that in 2014, an ISIS spokesman called for lone wolf attacks using improvised weaponry. “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock or slaughter him with a knife or run him over with your car.”

The NYC attack comes as the latest in a series of such events.

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