ISIS in World Cup 2018 threat: Terror cult warns it will launch attacks at Russia event
The terror group published a picture of a gun-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb along with the official logo for the games and a football stadium.
Tens of thousands of British fans are expected to attend the World Cup in St Petersburg over the month-long games.
Russian forces will tighten security in the wake of the warning of terror threats.
In April, Russia’s second largest city was subject to a deadly ISIS bomb attack when a briefcase detonated on the underground, leaving 14 dead.
The blast was in retaliation for Russia’s air strikes in Syria and has led to security measures throughout the city.
Last week ISIS released another propaganda image showing Donald Trump’s and Vladimir Putin’s faces with bullet holes in them.
The cult called on its loyalists to attack the West in a new wave of attacks while the image was widely shared on ISIS channels such as Telegram.
The once-prolific terror group has been beaten down by a series of losses in its former strongholds of Iraq and Syria.
But in the video, ISIS promised to be victorious over Europe and America once again.
The text beneath the photo reads: “Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush.
“The Levant is the graveyard of the Russians and Americans.”
Moscow has had its own problems with its countrymen running off to fight for the terror group. At least 2,400 people joined the regime in 2015.
The Russian president is said to be deeply worried about the rise of ISIS, according to Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Mr Brzezinski said: “Despite his government’s defence doctrines stating that the U.S. and NATO is Russia’s greatest threat, I have always felt that Putin regards Islamic extremism to be the most immediate threat.
“Putin cut his teeth destroying the Chechens. He regarded their rebellion as a manifestation of Islamic extremism. He also bolstered his own personal popularity in Russia by demonising the Chechens as Islamic terrorists and by brutally crushing them.”