The Muslim teenager, from the Belgian city of Verviers, was arrested after a video emerged of him walking down a street and calling in Arabic for the murder of Christians. He claims that members of the Islamic State are hatching a plot to butcher Christians in a shopping centre using chainsaws. He curses Christians and prays for their annihilation.
UK Daily Mail In a police interview, he is said to have revealed that the terror group is recruiting Muslims in Belgium with the aim of carrying out a massacre in a shopping mall.
Belgian newspaper ‘La Derniere Heure’ reported that over the summer the young man, the son of imam Shayh Alami, confessed to investigators that ISIS are recruiting lone wolves in Belgium. He allegedly said that jihadists who went to Syria were trying to convince those who stayed at home to perpetrate terror attacks.
The Imam’s son said that two of those planned attacks involved a chainsaw massacre at a shopping centre, while in another terror plot an Imam was targeted because he was ‘not radical enough’.
His father, Shayh Alami has been a thorn in the side of Belgian authorities for years, and they have unsuccessfully tried to deport him from the country. Theo Francken, the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, is trying to deport the Imam and has started to look at possibilities to deport his son as well.
The city of Verviers where the Imam and his son live has been described as one of the centres of Belgian radical Islam together with the infamous Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.
It has been described by Belgian media as ‘one of the most important breeding grounds for Islamists in Belgium’ and has been the setting for a number of recent anti-terror operations. ISIS executioners have used chainsaws before to slice nine youths in half in a gruesome public execution.