ISIS ‘posted kill list online to inspire lone wolf attacks against thousands of Americans including 600 in Florida’
- List appeared on anonymous app back in April but has kept circulating
- Three days ago former FBI agent warned it could inspire lone wolf attacks
- Omar Mateen killed 50 people at Pulse nightclub in just such an attack
Accounts linked to the terror group published the list back in April on anonymous messaging app Telegram, which contained the names of thousands of targets, mostly Americans.
Three days ago, as the list continued to circulate, former FBI agent-turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan warned that it was likely intended to inspire lone gunmen into carrying out attacks.
He also warned that there is little authorities can do to protect those on the list.
Kaplan told CBS12: ‘If in fact a sympathizer gets hold of this list and is readily able to identify you as being his neighbor and, then, decides to go out and do something horrific to you, there is no way to calculate the potential or to prevent that.’
The list, published on Telegram by the United Cyber Caliphate, is believed to contain the names of more than 8,000 people, mostly American citizens.
Vocativ first brought the existence of the list to light, noting that it contained 43 names of people linked to the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the departments of defense, energy, commerce and health and services.
While it is not known who the 600 Florida residents are, Kaplan said they are likely public figures, possibly the heads of hospitals, courts and schools.
It is not known whether the list was the inspiration behind the massacre in Orlando on Sunday morning, which left at least 50 people dead and another 53 wounded.
But gunman Omar Mateen
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