Image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014, allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging the Islamic Jihad flag
Image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014, allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging the Islamic Jihad flag © - ALBARAKA NEWS/AFP/File
Image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014, allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging the Islamic Jihad flag
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Last updated: February 4, 2015

IS calls for new France attacks in latest video

The Islamic State group called for fresh attacks against France in a video released Tuesday, nearly a month after a deadly Islamist assault on a Paris magazine shocked the world.

In the video, an unidentified, masked jihadist is seen surrounded by militants calling on French Muslims to quit their country for IS' self-proclaimed "caliphate", which covers parts of Iraq and Syria.

In the video, which was widely shared on Twitter and jihadist forums by IS supporters, the masked fighter calls for more killings in France.

He asks supporters to attack police and military targets, as well as those who participated in mass protests last month to condemn the killing of 12 people at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7.

The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but has attracted praise from jihadist groups elsewhere.

The fighter in the video also demanded that France release Islamist detainees and allow them to leave the country.

Three soldiers were wounded in the French city of Nice on Tuesday by a knife-wielding assailant, leaving two injured, a police source said.

In September, France joined the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS militants in Iraq, but it has not joined the United States in its aerial campaign against the jihadists in Syria.

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