The May 22, 2017 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena brought to light the weapon capabilities of potential Islamic State (IS) lone-wolves, who frequently follow manuals and directives disseminated online to create explosives with household items.
A pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram user suggested to imprisoned jihadists to become double agents and attempt an operation similar to that of Camp Chapman suicide bomber Humam al-Balawi (AKA Abu Dujana al-Khorasani) in 2009.
The Afghan Taliban claimed a two-man suicide raid at a branch of New Kabul Bank in Gardez, the capital of Afghanistan’s Paktia province, targeting security elements in queue for their pay.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing over 15 Somali soldiers in a broad offensive on multiple areas in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, and killing two troops in an ambush in Bakool region.
In the hours after the Islamic State (IS) claimed credit for the deadly bombing at the Manchester Arena in England, pro-IS media groups promoted the attack and its like in an infographic and incitement poster. One group, Yaqeen Media, published on its Telegram channel on May 23, 2017, Arabic and English infographics tallying the casualties from the blast, and identifying the method and target. Another group, Da’im al-I’alamiyya, took a quote from IS suicide bomber Abu Shu’ayb al-Mosuli addressed to Muslims in West, and provided the original Arabic and an English translation in a poster. It reads:
O my brothers, if coming to the land of the Khilafah is difficult for you, then heads of kufr are right in front of you where you are. I swear to you by Allah, not a night should pass, but your swords are dropping with kafir blood. Trust Allah, that every drop of blood shed there relieves the pressure on us here.
By Allah, my brothers, support the religion of Allah! By Allah, He will ask you about every Muslim woman, every killed child, woman, and old man. Allah will ask you about the blood, wealth, and honor of Muslims. Move suddenly, by Allah! Move suddenly, by Allah! Move suddenly, by Allah!
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported the group’s first suicide bombing in Somalia, wherein a fighter struck a military checkpoint in Puntland.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported that the group’s fighters are engaged in a clash with Philippine forces in the city of Marawi.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed credit for the bombing at the Manchester Arena in Britain at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert, and reported that the act resulted in the killing and wounding of nearly 100 “Crusaders”.
Pro-Islamic State (IS) social media accounts circulated a suspicious video of the alleged perpetrator of the May 22, 2017 suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.
Islamic State (IS) supporters on social media erupted into celebration following a suicide bombing during a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.
Ali Mahmoud Rage (AKA Ali Dheere), a spokesman for al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, promoted jihad and the conquest of Kenya in a graduation address in front of foreign fighters from East Africa.
The Islamic State’s (IS) Khorasan Province claimed the killing of over 28 from Afghan Army forces in the Chaparhar area of Nangarhar.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported the implementation of Shariah punishments on thieves, an adulterer, and a murderer, and claimed attacks on Somali troops in the center and south of the country.
Arguing that social networking websites expose fighters and their locations to harm, the “Delegated Committee” of the Islamic State (IS) issued a notice prohibiting their use.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed killing and wounding dozens in a four-man suicide raid on the Kirkush military base in Baladruz, east of Baquba, and noted that the base is used by American forces to train Iraqi soldiers.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed a suicide operation against “Awakening” forces – though a previous report suggests it was Ahrar al-Sham forces – in the village of Tal Tuqman village in the countryside of Idlib, killing and wounding 50, and killing 3 commanders.
The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported the assassination of five spies supposedly working for the Philippine army.
Al-Qaeda (AQ) derided the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia and found it to be another example of the Saudi royals’ “treachery,” in the 15th issue of its “al-Nafeer” (Call to Mobilize) bulletin.
The Islamic State’s (IS) Dijlah Province released a photo of one of it’s foreign fighters – identified as Abu Nazir al-Firansi originally from France – who died fighting in the province.
Hamza bin Laden, a son of former al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Usama bin Laden, highlighted Saudi collusion with the British in the early-20th century in a speech encouraging Muslims in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the royal family.