The New York City Police Department is hunting for a suspected ISIS sympathizer throughout the five boroughs on Wednesday; launching the last-minute manhunt after an individual wearing pro-ISIS clothing took a “selfie” outside a New York City museum over the holiday weekend.
According to the New York Daily News, the unidentified man posed for a self-portrait outside the Big Apple’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The suspect was wearing a headscarf emblazoned with the black-and-white logo of the Islamic State.
Late last year, another image with a similar logo was captured outside the World Trade Center.
The photo appeared on social media on Saturday night, just hours before the city was set to hold its famed Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations. The image was captioned with a chilling warning: “We are in your own Backyard.”
Horror as 'ISIS selfie' outside popular museum goes viral pic.twitter.com/m3kXeqoLJI
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) January 3, 2018
“The NYPD is aware of the photograph. As with all terror related threats, the NYPD is looking into the incident. At this time there are no credible threats related to New York City,” said a spokesperson for the NYPD Tuesday evening.
“Maybe it’s Photoshopped, maybe it’s not. It should be taken seriously,” said one security analyst familiar with the investigation.
The Islamic State routinely calls for attacks against the nation’s largest city, posting disturbing images of terrorists in mid-town Manhattan, on subways, and in churches.