I note that ISIS/ISIL, though territorially defunct in the Middle East, is preaching retaliation for the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The spokesman of the Islamic State emerged from nearly six months of silence on Monday to mock America’s assertion of having defeated the group and to call for retaliation over last week’s mosque attacks in New Zealand.
“The scenes of the massacres in the two mosques should wake up those who were fooled, and should incite the supporters of the caliphate to avenge their religion,” the spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, said in a 44-minute audio recording.
Mr. al-Muhajir portrayed the shootings by a white extremist, which killed 50 Muslims as they prayed in the city of Christchurch, as an extension of the campaign against the Islamic State. He likened the mosque attacks to the weekslong battle raging in the last village under ISIS control in Syria.
There's more at the link.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of former ISIS combatants and fellow-travelers have returned, or are in the process of returning, to their former home countries. Many are not known to the authorities there. I think it's likely to the point of certainty that some of them, at least, will take this call to action to heart, and plan revenge attacks on Christian places of worship. What's more, Holy Week this year will occur between Sunday, April 14th (Palm Sunday) and Sunday, April 21st (Easter Sunday). It's the holiest week in the Christian calendar, with several major church services planned; Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday itself. There's no better target for a committed Islamic fundamentalist terrorist.
If you're planning to attend any of those services, I advise increased caution. If you're planning to attend them in a major center, I'd advise reconsidering your plans. If you're planning to travel to attend them in a Christian holy place such as Rome, I'd frankly change my plans right now, and cancel the trip. I think the odds in favor of an attack on such holy places are astronomically high - and those in charge of their security are probably on the highest possible alert, looking for warning signs. Don't plan on heightened personal alertness and/or personal defensive weapons to help, either. A car or truck bomb, or a suicide bomber, is no respecter of persons or preparations.
I think it behooves all of us to be ultra-cautious about such things at a time like this.