Three Muslims plotted massacre in crowded area, wanted ‘to kill a maximum amount of people’

Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of the Eriklioglu brothers, said he did not believe the charges. “They are very polite, they’re not wild, they’re not aggressive,” he told 9 News. “They listen to the scholars like me, scholars and all that… but no, not Islamic State.”

And what do you “scholars” tell them, Mr. Eriklioglu? The Qur’an directs Muslims to wage jihad warfare against unbelievers (cf. 2:190-193; 4:89; 9:5; 9:29; 47:4; etc.). The Islamic State didn’t make up jihad. How did your teaching differ from that of the Islamic State, Mr. Eriklioglu? Establishment media reporters, unfortunately, never ask such questions.

“Australian police arrest 3 for plotting IS-styled terror attack,” by Clyde Hughes, UPI, November 20, 2018 (thanks to Phil):

Nov. 20 (UPI) — Three men were arrested in Australia Tuesday, suspected of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terror attack, authorities said.

Brothers Ertunc Eriklioglu, 30, and Samed Eriklioglu, 26, and acquaintance Hanifi Halis, 21, were arrested in raids at different locations and charged in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Tuesday afternoon on one count of preparing a terrorist act, Australia’s 9 News reported.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters the men had been under investigation since March.

“We didn’t have a precise time and a precise location (of the plotted attack),” Ashton told reporters. “They were looking at a place of mass gathering. There was a view towards a crowded place, a place where maximum people would be attending, to be able, to kill, we allege, as a maximum amount of people as possible.”…

Asst. Commissioner Ross Guenther said they’d been persons of interest since early 2017 and appeared to have radicalized themselves.

“Unfortunately the [Islamic State] propaganda machine and that of Al Qaida promotes this side of activity,” Guenther said.

Armagan Eriklioglu, the father of the Eriklioglu brothers, said he did not believe the charges.

“They are very polite, they’re not wild, they’re not aggressive,” he told 9 News. “They listen to the scholars like me, scholars and all that… but no, not Islamic State.”

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash.

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