The militant group ISIS has released a new video at the Al-Hayat Media Centre threatening to launch attacks in Russia “very soon.”
The group’s foreign language propaganda wing issued the video which combined footage of the Charlie Hebdo shootings and graphic representations of executions with a threat that “soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean”.
According to CNN, in the almost five-minute video, a chant in Russian is heard over visual compilations of old ISIS propaganda and generic video of Russian cities and buildings.
Subtitles on the video described Russia as “dying”.
“The kafir throats will tremble from the knives. The Kremlin will be ours,” it said.
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson, told reporters in Moscow: “I’ve read news about this video, but have not seen it myself. I don’t know the authenticity of this video, and I don’t know the authenticity of these sources.
“But in any case I’m sure this material will be subject of scrutiny by our special services.”
Isis has emerged as the prime suspect in the bombing of a Russian passenger airliner which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on October 31, killing all 224 people on board.
ISIS has previously called for attacks on Russia and the US in response to coalition air strikes on its fighters in Syria and Iraq.
On Wednesday night, US-led coalition fighter jets provided air support to around 7,500 Kurdish and Yazidi fighters launching a major offensive to retake the key town of Sinjar.
As of Thursday afternoon, Kurdish military officials said they had captured three villages outside the town and seized portions of Highway 47, cutting off a major supply route between Isis’s strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.
“The ground assault began in the early morning hours of Nov. 12 when peshmerga units successfully established blocking positions along Highway 47 and began clearing Sinjar,” said the coalition in a statement.
“The peshmerga will continue operations to re-establish government control over key portions of the areas.”
ISIS has threatened Russia before, even prior to Moscow’s military support in Syria.